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‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ Blu-ray Review

2 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello | Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Sumptuously designed and realised, Woody Allen’s 1985 fable didn’t exactly set the box office alight and isn’t always cited as a classic. Yet Allen, here drawing upon his dual-coast adorations for New York and Hollywood, himself regards Purple Rose as a favourite, and I would be inclined to agree.

Cecilia (Mia Farrow) is a weary waitress, eking a living in Depression-era New Jersey. Her husband (Danny Aiello) is a boor and a bore, all beer and women, and Cecilia’s sole escape is the cinema. She’s watches The Purple Rose of Cairo – an utterly convincing high adventure story about sphinxes and socialites – repeatedly, and falls in love with its star, Gil Shepherd (Jeff Daniels).

One day, Gil’s character Tom turns to the audience and starts talking to Cecilia. Tom then enters the real world, »

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