Homage to Ingmar Bergman in this family drama involving a fashionable Long Island interior designer who tries to impose her overbearing, critical standards on her husband and her three grown daughters. The film is a realistic look at the relationships among one artistically-oriented family; one daughter is a successful writer; the second is looking for an artistic outlet; and the third is an actress. The mother has been deserted by her husband, their father. She thinks and hopes they may reconcile, but she soon learns that he has other thoughts that circle about a new acquaintance, a woman who has had two husbands and is still lively. Written by
According to Eric Lax's book "Woody Allen: A Biography" (1991), Woody Allen once said of this film: "Take the last speech in the Russian Uncle Vanya [by Anton Chekhov]. It's extremely poetical, and nobody talks like that, really. Yet that's how I was trying to write in those dramas. After I saw it, with Diane Keaton, it became a very important film in my life. But even among all the people I know in the film business - the directors and actors and New Yorkers - nobody saw it". See more »
(at around 8 mins) When Eve and Joey are drinking coffee after moving the lamp, the mugs bounce on their legs, no steam rises from the mugs and no liquid is visible, the mugs also move very freely when being lifted for a "drink". All of these things point to empty mugs. See more »
You'll live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to.
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John Waters said that if this film was made under a Swedish pseudonym, they would of called it a masterpiece. Woody Allen was only able to get a film like this made after he won all those Oscars for Annie Hall. Everyone is great in here and it's nice that there's no soundtrack. This is one of Woody Allen's best films.
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