|THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985)|
|"I just met a wonderful new man. He's fictional but you can't have everything."|
|Time: 84 mins.|
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
|CAPSULE REVIEW One of Allen's most magical, romantic and entertaining films, due partly to the fact that he's not in it. Farrow stars as an unhappy housewife in love with the movies who attempts to find happiness when her favorite character Tom Baxter, played by Daniels, walks off the screen to be with her. Tom's choice to join the real world stops the film he's in cold, creating chaos for the movie studio, the theater and the actor who created him. They all entreat Cecilia (Farrow) to convince Tom to return to the film before they're ruined for good. Though this is a dream come true, she soon realizes that Tom's not prepared for life off the screen. Some of the film's best moments come when Gil and Tom (both Daniels) argue over their future in Hollywood and with Cecilia, who they both fall for. This is a clever, funny, sweet film that celebrates the magic of the movies and the power they used to have over people. Daniels is wonderful as Tom Baxter/Gil Bellows, giving both men a charm most women would be hard pressed to resist. Farrow is perfect as the lonely, Depression-era wife, looking for someone to rescue her from her mundane and loveless existence. Aiello plays such a worthless husband, it's no wonder a non-existent man steals her heart. A true cinema gem that gets better with each viewing.|