The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 ★★★★

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  • Woody Allen has said in interviews that he admired Mia Farrow's impressive range as an actress. Having watched Purple Rose of Cairo and Broadway Danny Rose back to back I can attest to this as a movie watcher, but her performance here outshines the latter film. As an abused wife, Farrow's fascination with the cinemas as her escape from a difficult life is both uplifting and tragic at the same time. Her innocence doesn't reflect a naiveness but a helplessness and it is delivered with the grace of a classic film actress. The story overall runs the gambit of most classic set ups but with the added sadness of the film's resolution it is without a doubt one of Allen's most ambitious ventures in film.

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