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Stardust Memories (1980)

While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-Christine Barrault ...
Helen Hanft ...
Vivian Orkin
Jack Abel
Sandy's Sister
Joan Neuman ...
Sandy's Mother
Ken Chapin ...
Sandy's Father
Sandy's Analyst
Old Man
Bob Maroff ...
Jerry Abraham


Renowned filmmaker Sandy Bates is in a professional transition, directing largely comedies early in his career now wanting to direct more serious movies so that he can explore the meaning of life, most specifically his own. Most are fighting him all along the way, including the movie going public, who continually tell him that they love his movies especially the earlier funny ones, to studio executives who are trying to insert comic elements wherever possible into his current movie in production. He reluctantly agrees to attend a weekend long film festival of his movies. Despite the throng of requests for his time, he is further able to reflect on his life as he addresses the questions at the post screening Q&A sessions. He also reflects specifically on his love life as his current girlfriend, married Isobel, shows up unexpectedly, and as he starts to fall for festival attendee Daisy - at the festival with her Columbia professor boyfriend, Jack Abel - who reminds him of Dorrie, a ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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26 September 1980 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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The name of the hotel was The Hotel Stardust. The building was in reality the building of the The Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium, NJ. See more »


Vivian Orkin: Oh, oh. Th-this is my friend Libby. She thinks you're a genius. Libby just did a definitive cinematic study of Gummo Marx. She did!
Dick Lobel: Interestingly, he's the one Marx brother that never made any movies.
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Referenced in Sam and Max Hit the Road (1993) See more »


Moonlight Serenade
Music by Glenn Miller
Performed by Glenn Miller
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A little self induldgent, but brilliantly so
14 September 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

While this film doesn't get the praise and respect of, say, "Annie Hall" or "Manhattan," I think it is a brilliant look into the mind of a film director. How much of Woody Allen is Sandy Bates? Some, I'm sure, but I think it's more interesting to compare Sandy to Woody Allen's "persona"--that is, who the public thinks he is.

The structure of the film is also quite interesting to me. Allen had done a very non-linear story structure, mixed with occasional flights of fantasy, in "Annie Hall," but "Stardust Memories" does that and piles on a movie within a movie within a movie, and manages to both comment on all that, at the same time as he's telling the story of the brilliant, but self-absorbed Sandy Bates.

A great movie, that you probably should see more than once to appreciate.

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