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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.


Woody Allen


Woody Allen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Sandy Bates
Charlotte Rampling ... Dorrie
Jessica Harper ... Daisy
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Isobel
Tony Roberts ... Tony
Daniel Stern ... Actor
Amy Wright ... Shelley
Helen Hanft ... Vivian Orkin
John Rothman ... Jack Abel
Anne De Salvo ... Sandy's Sister
Joan Neuman Joan Neuman ... Sandy's Mother
Ken Chapin Ken Chapin ... Sandy's Father
Leonardo Cimino ... Sandy's Analyst
Eli Mintz ... Old Man
Bob Maroff 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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Later in the movie, the Analyst uses a term invented by Woody Allen to describe Sandy: "Ozymandias Melancholia". Woody employed that term again in his movie "To Rome with Love" (2012). See more »


Question Askers-Screening: A lot of people have accused you of being narcissistic.
Sandy Bates: No, I know. People think that I'm egotistical and narcissistic, but it's not true. I-I uh I... As a matter of fact, if I did identify with a Greek mythological character, it would not be Narcissus.
Question Askers-Screening: Who would it be?
Sandy Bates: Zeus.
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Written by J. Russel Robinson and Con Conrad
Performed by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (as Original Dixieland Jazz Band)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Stardust Memories (1980) ***
23 January 2005 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

A self-indulgent yet enjoyable fantasy by Woody Allen, where he models his style after Fellini's "8 1/2". Allen plays a world famous film star/director not unlike his real self, who's now approached a mid-life crisis and has tired of making "funny movies". Though he's become embittered, he reluctantly agrees to be the guest of honor at a weekend celebration where the best of his films are going to be shown. While there he has to contend with sycophants, obnoxious autograph seekers, childhood flashbacks and different women on a surreal journey to self-realization. Woody received some hard knocks from fans and critics for making this type of highly personal movie, but I think it's very stylish and dream-like. Photographed in glorious black and white. *** out of ****

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Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$326,779, 28 September 1980

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