Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut.
Another slow-rolling yet jazzy outing punctuated by a fine cast and eye-catching visuals, Woody Allen's "Alice" is a solid, charming piece of work. Its semi-restrained sensibilities keep everything low-key, but the film works in its own quiet way.
Focusing on Mia Farrow's Alice, the film revolves around series of Chinese herb-inspired adventures taking place while the protagonist questions her marriage. Developing feelings for another man, Alice tries to keep things in perspective and under control. The narrative offers a classic look at marriage with a touch of fantasy added to the mix.
Farrow is strong and layered as Alice, essentially the quirkily put-upon role that Allen himself, who is not in the film, typically plays. William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, Blythe…
Isn't it annoying how Americans pronounce "herbs"? Yes it is.
Anyway, onto the film. This is a mature, idealistic if somewhat shambolic Woody Allen comedy-drama which interrogates the complacent lifestyles of his usual set, while throwing in a few supernatural and comedic flourishes.
Mia Farrow is the titular character, a lapsed Catholic who goes to see a mysterious Chinese acupuncturist (the great Keye Luke), only to have her back pain diagnosed as upper middle class malaise. Luke gives her a succession of improbable potions to take, which allow her to study, and alter, her comfortable life.
Some may quibble with the usual Allen idea that leading a more truthful, worthwhile life involves cheating on your partner, but Farrow is excellent,…
"Love is a very complex emotion. No rational thought... much romance, but much suffering."- Dr. Yang
Alice is a lesser known film from Woody Allen, but I thought it was pretty good. Mia Farrow does a great job as always and all of the supporting actors and actresses do good as well. Alice blends some fantasy elements into its plot and I felt they worked very well. The film does feel a tad long in my opinion, but nothing too bad. I recommend this to any fans of Woody Allen. 7/10
Part of **No ReWatch November 2012**.
A slow-moving meditation on happiness and fulfillment. It's gorgeous, of course, filled with lovely colors and New York street scenes and a jazz soundtrack.
Mia Farrow can definitely deliver Woody's dialogue in the classic "Woody Allen" style -- although the insecurity and self-deprecating commentary sounds especially sad-sacky coming from a beautiful, impeccably dressed woman.
I think I might come to really like this one after another watch or two.
#6 in my 99 90's Movies month. (Which, I have to start in December thanks to Netflix's routine end-of-the-month purge. Aarg!)
You just know when the plot of a film hinges on an "exciting" life-changing romance with Joe Mantegna that an even bigger life-change has to be around the next corner. (Like: dumping Joe Mantegna!)
while not instantly one of Allen's best, if you have patience and stick with it, this one does have a lot of charm. and...even okay Woody Allen is really light years beyond most.
Elementi magici che aiutano il plot a tirarsi fuori dall'impantanamento inziale, poi viaggio nella mente di una donna insoddisfatta in maniera piuttosto leggera e ben scritta.
Even when they were together woody Allen didn't seem to like mia farrow all that much.
This is one of those lightweight Woody Allen comedies with magical realist overtones that he makes while treading water in between his more serious and better films. Mia Farrow plays a housewife who's reevaluating her life, and the movie is stuffed with a bunch of famous faces in small roles, playing the various people she comes in contact with during her modest little soul-discovery journey.
Farrow is a very underrated actress, and she's very good here, but she suffers from what many an actor has suffered in Woody Allen movies -- too often his films feel like caprices and they're not developed enough to let any one actor really sink his/her teeth into the material. That's "Alice."
One of the longstanding themes of Woody Allen's great stretch of creativity was his collaboration with actress Mia Farrow (which criminally never resulted in a single Oscar Nomination during that time period). While many of these films were ensemble pieces or didn't feature Farrow as the only female role, she was always a welcome presence whenever she appeared on screen.
Perhaps no other film allowed Farrow to show her acting talents more than 1990's Alice, and she more than rises to the occasion. The film itself falls on the side of the fantastic, given the somewhat ludicrous plot of a woman who explores her own inner desires (and reflects upon her life and her loss of faith) by way of…
Otra de esas películas que entran en ese género "mágico " de Woody Allen, donde logra mezclar la comedia, con un poco de drama con las situaciones más surrealistas que solo se le pueden ocurrir a este genio, acá el detonante para una introspección interna de su personaje son unas hierbas que van alterando tanto física como psicológicamente a Alice, su protagonista, y las cuales, a diferencia de su gran conocido homónimo literario, la llevaran a un despertar a través de muchas ocurrencias que la harán salirse de esa burbuja en la que vive, llevándola a generar al final, un drástico cambio en su vida.
Asombrosa Mía Farrow e inolvidable banda sonora.
Well it was ok, a nice light hearted comedy/drama, but that's all.
It's an adequately made film I just have trouble caring about anybody in it.
Woody Allen en los 80 hizo varias películas que comparten un montón de similitudes en lo visual, personajes y tramas, pero siempre, siempre tiene la originalidad suficiente como para hacer que esos espejos a los que acude tengan un valor único.
Algo que creo que no es lo suficientemente valorado de este director es su habilidad para crear con tanta rapidez, sí, por supuesto que ha tenido altibajos, sobre todo en los 90 que fue su etapa más apagada, ¿pero qué director es capaz de escribir, dirigir y crear tanto material en tan poco tiempo sin colapsar y crear productos desastrosos?, eso es una habilidad indiscutida de Woody Allen que estoy seguro que grandes directores si lo intentan…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
this took me and my ocd too long to make due to letterboxd's faulty-ass "sort a-z" function but here it…