In which Allen, having already remade 8 1/2, goes about remaking Amarcord. Though his string of remembered/imagined childhood anecdotes never reaches the insight or lyricism of Fellini's, it is a relentlessly glowing film full of warmth and lovely touches. And it's a reminder that the films he could casually toss off in the 80s are on another level from the ones he tosses off today. Bonus: cameo from a special guest.
Woody Allen's bittersweet, comedic and often touching tribute to his upbringing in the 1940's and the importance of radio on the American family is realized in this '87 effort. Disjointed certainly but Allen's wit and ear for dialogue shine through with many memorable sequences and quips. '...he's a ventriloquist on the radio...' ; '...I like Dana Andrews.. he's a guy....she is?...' Lesser Allen but rewarding.
Radio Days is to "Singin' in the Rain" something like what "Blow Out" is to "Blow-up". It's not a remake, but a variation with some citations — here the last glory days of radio (after overtaken by television), and it's stars, through the eyes of a little boy (Allen's wonderful narration) and it's chaotic large family.
Allen crea un microcosmo vitale e di persone semplici, che però sprigionano una forte umanità. Un film che riesce ad ben trasmettere i sentimenti di affetto e nostalgia provati dal regista. Alcune scene sono veramente riuscite e non mancano momenti molto ironici. Il ritmo è molto buono e messa in scena veramente curata. Anche i personaggi convincono, pur mancando alcune figure che spiccano. Colonna sonora fantastica
Beyond the frugal cinematography and the full "hollywoodesque" mood, the subject of this film ensures a deeply relatable story and provides it with a simple but solid cultural relevance. This film is a delicate act of love, which is a feeling not easily achievable by any other Allen film.