|Woody Allen Director||previously directed Manhattan|
Sandy Bates, a famous director and actor, battles to find meaning of his existence, while deciding the best path to take in his romantic life.
Woody Allen has said many times that, along with The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), this is his favorite of the movies he's made.6 More Trivia
A young actor comes up to Sandy to ask for a role. He claims to have actted in a play of Fiddler on the Roof3 More Movie References
|Woody Allen||written by|
|Woody Allen||Sandy Bates|
|Gabrielle Strasun||Charlotte Ames|
|Amy Wright||Shelley - Sandy's Bed Hopper|
|Helen Hanft||Vivian Orkin|
|John Rothman||Jack Abel|
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The movie stars off with a ending in one of Sandy Bates ( Allen) movies. His latest movie is not as his early comedic work, and the movie executives are trying to make him change it. He finds no reason to change it sense he sees the world full of suffering and decaying matter.
Woody Allen is almoust the same guy in every movie, but this time he wasn't afraid to show himself more vulnerable and, at times, even afraid of his popularity.
The only thing that keeps him together is his girlfriend Dorrie (played by Charlotte Rampling). A very psychotic women who, by regards of the own film, was the
most interesting woman in the world for 2 days a month and the other 28 was a complete meltdown.
He is forced by his crew and friends to go to a Film Festival in his honor. He of course have very strong feeling against going, but with the ending of his movie and certain problems with the IRS, he feels is best to get away from it all and to go the festival. He is a brilliant panelist, and answers all of the audience's questions with perspicacity and humor.
The film festival is riddled with very devoted fans to his work. There in the middle of the madness, he encounters a young Columbia profesor of screenplay writing, named Jack (palyed by John Rothman) and his girlfriend Daisy (played by Jessica Harper) a young violin player, with whom Sandy is left infatuated.
Then, incomes Isobel ( Marie-Christine Barrault). A french woman
who, we can understand, was having a affair with Sandy, and had just left his husband. Sandy doesn't quit know how to respond to this since he knows that although Isobel loves him, and he loves her, she has two children already.
Because of the nonlinear narrative of the movie various scenes of Sandy and his leading ladies are shown, and he seems to be seriously interested in all of them.
Later because of the way of how the events are presented we found out that the movie that we've been seeing is really the movie which ending was in dispute in the first scene.