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.
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.
This was nominated for 2 Oscars (Director/Writing), 1 Golden Globe (Mia Farrow). It receives highest ratings everywhere. But I can't help it: it's boring & unfunny. Either the jokes do not ignite, or, if they do (here & there), they do not explode. The story is interesting, but the execution is flat & shallow. Except Danny Rose all other characters are totally uninteresting, unlikable, unwitty; Mr. Forte a miscast.
"L'elegia del perdente",questo ho pensato appena visto questo piccolo gioiello di Allen.La stranezza della vita,l'ingratitudine umana,l'arte di arrangiarsi ed il valore dell'amicizia sono solo alcuni dei temi sviscerati dal regista in questa amara commedia che ha il pregio di far divertire,riflettere e anche commuovere.Allegorie azzeccate e finale davvero toccante,in cui le parole non servivano.
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.
An underrated picture about show business talent and the ingredients of vaudeville, Woody Allen's contemporary humor and Bosrcht Belt comedy. But what Allen expresses is a nostalgic portrait of the traditional style of old comedy. Allen plays a has-been that strives for washed-up talent, giving them a second chance. The look of the film is shot brilliantly in black-and-white giving the picture an old vintage feel.