If we continue to look at films by what they exhibit and not by and how they are made, maybe we'll keep on ignoring its relevance. From a composite film of very clear references, including his own humor mark, Allen finds the exact form of matter that memory-dreams are made, the stardust of its title, combining in a multi-layered structure the immense beauty of Gordon Willis cinematography. A free-complex-form joint.
I have not seen 8½, but if it's anything like Stardust Memories parodies it to be, I might pass. Easily my least favorite Woody Allen thus far. Seems more ego-boosting than any other of his films, mostly alternating between scenes on paranoiad filmmaking and pursuing women way out of his league. Unfortunate, because I was really looking forward to liking this.
As a huge Woody Allen fan, I had read that people had this picked as either his best or his worst. As a result, I felt that I would come out feeling one of those feelings. Instead, I felt indifference and apathy. Although it was good at the beginning, it started to drag and feel too aimless towards the end for me to care.
Non lo sò,mi è sembrato troppo autocompiacente,un falsamente autobiografico ma che poi lo è davvero,con questo intrufolarsi nell'estetica felliniana che sembra un pò improvvisato.é sicuramente un buon lavoro e Woody ti brucia con alcuni momenti geniali dei suoi,ma alla fine ti resta poco e se penso ad altri film dello stesso periodo(vedi Interiors o Hannah) Stardust per me non regge il confronto.3*
This film is pretty much about Woody Allen and his fascination with women and films. In the end, it shows how it is just a film within a film within a film. He sort of mocks pretentious new wave cinema and has humorous dialogues. Some scenes are parallel to his other films such as Annie Hall and Manhattan. I felt like it was almost like an homage to himself
Tony Roberts describes Charlotte Rampling's character as a woman who's a 10 when she's on for 2 days of the month and a basket case for the rest. I don't feel that's a completely accurate description of Stardust Memories but not entirely unfair either. Picture a mashup between Annie Hall and Manhattan. Plenty of mildly funny moments but Gordon Willis' photography makes it worth it, namely the UFO scene.
Why so bitter, Woody? Some of us liked Interiors! This is straight-up anti-Semitism-the mockery is too acrid & fearful to pass for good-natured humor. He's a self-loathing Jew & he loathes himself for being one-that kind of involution is perfectly suitable for an 8&1/2 rip-off. Even more than Fellini he's the unwitting victim of his own satire-so insecure that he attacks the potential of subtext & audience freedom.