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The Purple Rose of Cairo

The Purple Rose of Cairo

The Purple Rose of Cairo

1985 / 82min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: WOODY ALLEN

CAST: MIA FARROW, JEFF DANIELS, DANNY AIELLO, EDWARD HERRMANN, VAN JOHNSON

PRODUCER - ROBERT GREENHUT
CINEMATOGRAPHY - GORDON WILLIS
MUSIC - DICK HYMAN
FILM EDITING - SUSAN E. MORSE

Set in New Jersey during the Great Depression, Woody Allen’s magical and poignant masterpiece stars Mia Farrow in one of her greatest roles, as a neglected housewife who escapes her drab life by going to the movies. When a handsome movie star (Jeff Daniels) literally steps off of the screen and into her life, it would seem she has found a way to leave her grim reality behind forever. Made during Allen’s most extraordinary decade of production (between Broadway Danny Rose and Hannah and Her Sisters), this is perhaps the greatest movie about the escapist power of movies—and the limitations of that magic. The show must go on, yet the lights must also come up.

Screened March 4, 2016