Thursday, March 22, 2007

Stardust Memories (1980)

***
USA

Woody Allen often brings up masturbation in his movies but the only time he made a movie entirely structured around it was this self-assured variation on Fellini's 8½. He lifts from Fellini the aggressively autobiographical, self-aggrandising slant, the stark monochrome, the dream-like fluidity and the army of funny-faced extras. And he contributes nothing of his own. It's an empty, polished pastiche of a movie, filled with lovely visuals and lovely tunes, none of which resonate.

wr/dir: Woody Allen
ph: Gordon Willis
cast: Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jessica Harper, Tony Roberts, Helen Hanft, John Rothman, Louise Lasser

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