During a film festival retrospective of his work, renowned director Sandy Bates is haunted by memories from his past, which served at major inspiration for his movies, while amid a circus of fans. Inspired in part by Federico Fellini’s 8½.
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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 know people think that I'm egotistical and narcissistic, but it's not true. I, as a matter of fact, if I did identify with a Greek mythological character, it would not be Narcissus." "Who would it be?" "Zeus."
I'm fucking crazy about Woody Allen so I'm suspicious to talk about it. I thought it would surprise me, but that's was wrong. The film desapointed me in so many points, like the three womans who he have sex/have a friendly relashionship/etc. This confused me, and the people around him that show off SUDDENLY annoys me. But I loved the way Woody express him mind, such a crazy way, such a beautiful way.
I usually think Allen is overrated by his fanbase as a filmmaker and this one is such an 8 1/2 ripoff but I love Charlotte Rampling in this. The Allen films I like tend to depend on him casting some of my favorite actresses (see Gena Rowlands in Another Woman) but Rampling's 2 min (?)ish scene involving her breakdown in the mental hospital is arguably her best acting ever, which is saying something!
Oh, the shenanigans Allen had to came up with just to rub his hands all over Charlotte Rampling in the name of art... I thought the film was a pretentious and sort of lazy take on a film director facing a creative/emotional pseudo-crisis. Allen may deny this was autobiographical, but I mean... it was, right? I don't, I felt that Rampling was just too good for this boring film.
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.