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.
Al, Louise, Max and Sy - four literary types who work in the theater business - are discussing what they believe to be the real life truths underlying their work, Max who writes primarily tragic plays, and Sy who writes primarily comic plays. Al proceeds to tell them a real story of a troubled woman named Melinda Robicheaux showing up unexpectedly at a door in the middle of an important business dinner party. Melinda long ago left her physician husband to embark on a relationship with who she initially believed to be the man of her dreams, which ended up not being the case. Melinda tries to put her life back together with the help of select people at the dinner party, some who have their own ulterior motives. Melinda's appearance also opens up the cracks existing in the marriage of one of the couples at the dinner party, while it leads to the dissolution of a friendship that has existed since college. With this basic outline of a story, Max and Sy try to make their point of life being... Written by
When Melinda, Walt and Hobie are watching the first race at the race track, Walt says, "No! You did not bet on Bedazzler! That's a nine-to-one horse!" There then follows a scene of Melinda and Hobie talking, following by another scene of them watching a horse race with Walt, in which the dialogue track has been removed from underneath the musical score. However, if you look at Walt's lips during this second scene, he is clearly saying, once again, "No! You did not bet on Bedazzler! That's a nine-to-one horse!" See more »
Why do things that start off so promisingly always have a way of ending up in the dump?
Not for everyone.
Well, for anybody with any imagination. You know, life is manageable enough if you keep your hopes modest. The minute you allow yourself sweet dreams you run the risk of them crashing down.
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I saw the trailer for Melinda and Melinda and thought..."pass." Woody does WASP angst. Like I said..."pass." Luckily, I had a chance to go to a screening and loved the movie. I loved the premise, two sides of the same story. This film needs to be watched without trying to second guess, or think clever thoughts or compare it to other Allen films, or fiddle with your cell phone and flash the light into other people's eyes. I liked this film. I liked the detail that gave us insight into each character ie their homes, or an off hand comment. I liked watching the character's lives unfold. I thought a lot about the film the next day. No conclusions, just rolling the scenes and insights around in my head. I had a good time watching this fil unfold. I probably will go to see it again. The trailer gave us a bunch of dangling one liners. It missed the boat. I'm glad I got to see it before any buzz.
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