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Stardust Memories (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 September 1980 (USA)
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While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

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Sandy Bates, a successful filmmaker, attends a festival conducted to honor his work. During the course of the weekend he reconsiders his cinematic accomplishments as well as his past relationships. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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Woody Allen's final film for United Artists. The UA executives who had worked with Allen for a decade quit UA to form Orion Pictures, where Allen joined them for another decade. See more »

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Vivian Orkin: In this film, he played the part of God.
Ghost of Sandy Bates: This was not easy, folks, because, uh, you know, I-I-I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and I don't have a good voice for God.
Vivian Orkin: And he received an Academy Award for his convincing portrayal of God... although they had to use another actor's voice.
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Just One of Those Things
(1935)
Music by Cole Porter
Performed by Dick Hyman
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An Allen Classic
15 April 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, Stardust Memories is Allen's greatest achievement. The film perceptively explores the relationships between art and reality, between the artist and his work, between the work and its consumers. Beyond its philosophic concerns though, this is also an incredibly funny film. There are more genuinely funny moments within this serious film than in many of Allen's earlier pure comedies. It skewers the movie industry, the movie-going public, Allen's own earlier work, Allen's present insecurities (surprise!), and a number of other targets. Intelligent, thought provoking, and at times hilarious, this film is an overlooked gem in the Allen canon.


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