Stardust Memories

Stardust Memories

DVD - 2005
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Legendary comic filmmaker Sandy Bates is tired of being funny. Teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown, Bates attends a weekend retrospective of his films, only to confront the meaning of his work, the memories of his great love, Dorrie, and the merits of settling down with new girlfriend Isobel. Plagued by hallucinations, alien visitations and the bloodless studio executives trying to recut his bleak new film, Bates struggles to find a reason to go on living.

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Nursebob
Oct 21, 2016

After critics slammed his attempt to emulate Bergman in 1978’s "Interiors", Woody Allen shot back with this fantastical and highly kinetic ersatz Fellini about a filmmaker on the verge of a nervous breakdown, appropriately presented in washed out shades of black and white. A ruthlessly intelligent script is enhanced by some striking visuals—enlarged photographs suddenly appear on the director's walls to lend subtext; a giant gorilla carries off a particularly annoying fan—and the swirling mob of jabbering extras that constantly surround him deliver a nonstop verbal assault of praise and criticism. Although Allen vehemently denied claims that "Stardust Memories" was in any way autobiographical, his disdain for cinema culture in general and critics in particular is evident throughout especially when the paparazzi, puzzled by his director's attempts at “serious filmmaking”, keep harping on his earlier, funnier work—“What do you think the Rolls Royce represented?” asks one confused moviegoer upon exiting the theatre, “I think that represented his car” chimes her equally confused date. Self-indulgent, sarcastic, brilliant, and (irony of ironies) very funny.

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hesselugano
Apr 18, 2016

I'm a member of a very small minority. Stardust Memories is one of my favorite Woody Allen movies of all time, I enjoyed it far more than Manhattan (despite the fabulous cinematography during the intro) or Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.

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Isley
Jul 02, 2014

Impossible to describe “Woody’s 8 and a half” without using the words “self indulgent”, but hell, the jokes about “I love your work, especially the early funny stuff” really are pretty funny. Full of witty dialog and a lot of great one liners, I’d call this Woody Allen in top form.

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copythomp
Nov 11, 2013

Hands down, this is the crowning achievement of Allen's cinematic career. An authentically offensive masterpiece. Superb black and white cinematography, and three exceptional leading lady performances. As a writer for and director of women, Allen has never surpassed the mark he set here.

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maryannaze
Oct 18, 2013

Terrible. Don't bother.

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bazzlevi
Feb 26, 2010

This had some amusing moments, but it had many different components that did not come together in a cohesive whole for me.

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