re-rating. Fellini, from "Luci del Varietà" to "Le Notti di Cabiria", is the main inspiration of this film, in its musicality and dramaturgically. An absolute delight of illogicality and its free variations, with actors and camera in a tight agreement - oh the wonder of all those performers! - and a magnificent derision of the Italian-American cinematographic mythology. Splendorous cinematography by Gordon Willis.
Charming, amusing, but not too daring. I personally prefer the two films that followed this one, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Hannah and Her Sisters, but it's definitely a period in which Woody Allen was making some of his best stuff, just like the past several years.
Often very beautiful to look at, and never less than pleasant to be around, Broadway Danny Rose is nevertheless a slight confection, not quite top-shelf, from that early 80's period between Stardust Memories and Hannah and Her Sisters in which Woody reconnected with his kooky side, with mixed but always congenial results. Like the old Joe Franklin show, it's cornball but it's comfortable. It hums the body nostalgic.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not perfect but the Gordon Willis photography and Mia Farrow's performance make up for a lot. One of my more favorite of Allen's performances (I think the wardrobe makes it) and the comedian book ends were a nice touch.
It has its ups and downs. There are moments of pure Allen gold, and even though the performances are a tad too heightened (lookin' at you Farrow) and some of the wackiness gets a bit out of control, it is the astounding simplicity of sequences such as the ending, that make it so worthwhile. Danny Rose is a wonderfully sympathetic character, and the framing and lighting are top notch. One of Allen's better films.
Amusing lighthearted comedy, combining elements of directors earlier (and funnier, he would add) slapstick featuring wrong-men-wrong-place situations, and later parodying of film industry. Both of which have had more audacious achievements. It ends up like a personal marry-go-Broadway fascination with its semi-underground, and semi-subversive scene.
Une oeuvre mineure de Woody Allen qui n'enthousiasme jamais vraiment. Pourtant certaines scènes d'une cocasserie fort subtile resteront inoubliables. Cette relative déception peut s'expliquer par un scénario quelque peu vague et une multitude de petits rôles sans réelle consistance et dont l'existence est discutable... www.cinefiches.com
A good comedy, mixed with elements of 70s gangster flicks, and also a commentary on the "double cross" in general, looked at from diff angles. Farrow shines as a mafia-affiliated Jersey-ite. She's actually very believable in a role that would seem like a stretch. Allen blends in the comedy seamlessly here, but never loses sight of the overall story. Solid 4 star film, one of his best imo.