Friday, December 10, 2010

636 - The Purple Rose of Cairo review

If I were to list all the Woody Allen films I’ve seen and were asked to chose the most idiosyncratic, this would be the instant choice. I don’t know if he’s made anything else that’s so whimsical, this clever without being overtly cerebral, or so unapologetically romantic. Allen, who remains behind the camera, proves at ease with humor that gently pokes fun at film convention while honoring the importance it has to its devotees. The characters, a combination of “real” people and film-within-a-film aristocrats, are treated with an amount of affection unusual for Allen, which makes the inevitable dose of world-weary cynicism all that much more heartbreaking at the close. Rather warm and casually engrossing, this reverberates with a love of the cinema and the stirring of emotions it’s known for.

4.5 out of 5

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