05 July 2010

Woody Allen: Day Twelve

Broadway Danny Rose is centred around a conversation at a New York deli. A group of men are discussing Danny Rose, a Broadway talent agent, and their memories are seen through flashbacks. Like Stardust Memories and Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose is shot entirely in black and white. It is a great comedy about affection and friendship. Though the group fondly remembers many anecdotes, it is the story involving Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte) and Tina Vitale (Mia Farrow). Lou, a former client, is now a washed-up singer who returns to Danny hoping for more success. Danny has arranged for Lou to perform in front of Milton Berle and needs Danny to bring his girlfriend Tina and pose as her date. Mia Farrow is incredible in the film. She is beautiful and charming as the stylish former Mafia wife.

Broadway Danny Rose is a great Woody Allen film that is well crafted and well acted. It can be considered a career resurgence for the director whose next few films were very well received after the disappointments of Stardust Memories and A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.

Next up: The Purple Rose of Cairo.

My list:
1. Manhattan
2. Annie Hall
3. Broadway Danny Rose
4. Love and Death
5. Interiors
6. Sleeper
7. Zelig
8. Stardust Memories
9. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
10. Take the Money and Run
11. Bananas
12. What's Up, Tiger Lily?
13. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

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