Homage to Ingmar Bergman in this family drama involving a fashionable Long Island interior designer who tries to impose her overbearing, critical standards on her husband and her three grown daughters. The film is a realistic look at the relationships among one artistically-oriented family; one daughter is a successful writer; the second is looking for an artistic outlet; and the third is an actress. The mother has been deserted by her husband, their father. She thinks and hopes they may reconcile, but she soon learns that he has other thoughts that circle about a new acquaintance, a woman who has had two husbands and is still lively. —IMDb
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in NYU’s film program, and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television; during his five-year in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination. He eventually decided to try his hand as a stand-up performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP. With 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special… read more
As the bonanza of Annie Hall allowed Allen this eulogy to his idol, Bergman, he duly contrives the plaintive gazes, emotional rigidity, bourgeois emptiness - intellectual cameo and all - stretches of ‘tystnaden’, and psychological pitfall. Adequate as melodrama, but just lacking in lightness as homage to ingratiate; at times even, too concerted to but merely grate - and if neither, rather just wan, or at best, abstract. Yet also, at least, commendably restrained, in principle; or, when Willis works his skills without having to kowtow to Nykvist.
PBS broadcasts its 3½-hour doc tonight and tomorrow; Keaton’s memoir is on shelves now.
Interiors is one of Woody Allen’s strong and quite films that, like most, is multi-layered. On the surface layer it presents an inside look at a dysfunctional family that is coming… read review
Oublions la formule éditoriale et conforme de la critique, voici quelques commentaires sur un film qui m’a frappé par sa fraîcheur (en comparaison à l’oeuvre de Woody Allen dans son ensemble) et son… read review