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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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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Persian

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$326,779, 28 September 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,389,003
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Woody Allen once said of the casting of Charlotte Rampling in this film in the book "Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation with Stig Björkman" (1994): "She was just right for that part. I mean, she is so beautiful and so sexy and so interesting. She has an interesting neurotic quality". See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Tickletoe
(1940)
Music by Lester Young
Performed by Lester Young with Count Basie and His Orchestra
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A little self induldgent, but brilliantly so
14 September 2003 | by silvertronSee 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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