A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind. Written by
The dichotomy between the Chinese cinematographer, his translator and Allen's character is loosely based on the relationship between Allen and real cinematographer Zhao Fei, who shot with the director Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Small Time Crooks (2000) and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001). Allen exaggerated the comic aspect of the relationship. See more »
In the scene where they pitch the film to Val (about 16:30 into the film) the boom is visible in the mirror. See more »
[Ellie has called Lori a wind-up doll]
That wind-up doll happens to have a Ph.D.
In what? The history of gym?
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I am overwhelmed with the modern movies' aspiration to rely on new fashions. Thank God we have Woody Allen as a beacon of tradition and craftsmanship in the domain of movie-making. The movie is extremely funny and lacks all the nuisances which plague newer ones in order to make them more appealing to the main core audience nowadays: male teenagers. Woody Allen plays the role of an over-the-hill director which undertakes the mission of making a movie against the wishes of its producer.He receives a blow when he becomes blind right before the beginning of the shooting. The plot revolves around Allen's blindness, which is guarded as a secret by his agent, and the process of the filming with a blind director. I do not have to mention the many a hilarious moments this situation produces.
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