Tuesday, December 07, 2010

632 - Stardust Memories review

A buddy versed in every Woody Allen film told me that this was his favorite, so I was surprised when I found it to be tepid and meandering, a Fellini homage largely lacking the atmosphere that made the Italian auteur’s films so celebrated. Then I did my homework and discovered that this is one of Allen’s most hotly contested works among the fans, half of whom hail it as one of his masterpieces, the remainder discarding it as forgettable and more self-indulgent than usual. Count me in the latter category (obviously). His best films somehow manage to encapsulate a wide range of human experiences, an incredible feat seeing as Allen himself seems to be aggressively myopic as a person, but here there’s nothing to latch on to, no serious truths perhaps other than to the artist himself.

2 out of 5

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