Famous film director Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) is attending a retrospective of his work, while also recalling the women who inspired him over the years. A lot of people saw a lot of Woody in the director who’s constantly tormented by fans who consider his earlier, funnier movies better than the ones he’s making now. He doesn’t want us to take the character too literally though; perhaps this is best viewed as Allen’s personal take on Fellini’s 8½ (1963). Sandy’s memories are as disorganized and chaotic as his encounters with fans at the retrospective. Consistently enjoyable, with colorful cinematography in black-and-white.
1980-U.S. 91 min. B/W. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Cinematography: Gordon Willis. Cast: Woody Allen (Sandy Bates), Charlotte Rampling (Dorrie), Jessica Harper (Daisy), Marie-Christine Barrault, Tony Roberts, Daniel Stern. Cameo: Louise Lasser.
Trivia: Sharon Stone can be seen on a train early in the film.
Quote: “I don’t know much about classic music. For years I thought the Golberg Variations were something Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg tried on their wedding night.” (Allen)