The Purple Rose of Cairo

Photograph: British Film Institute

During the Depression, downtrodden housewife Farrow so inflames a film's leading man (an explorer-poet) that he climbs down from the screen, and entices her into a chaotic but charming love affair. Woody Allen's deft script investigates every nook and cranny of the couple's bizarre relationship, the irate Pirandellian reactions of the illusory characters left up on the screen, and the bewilderment of the actor whose movie persona has miraculously gone walkies. As the star-struck couple, Farrow and Daniels work wonders with fantastic emotions, while Allen's direction invests enough care, wit and warmth to make it genuinely moving.

Release details

Duration: 82 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Woody Allen
Screenwriter: Woody Allen
Cast: Mia Farrow
Jeff Daniels
Danny Aiello
Irving Metzman
Stephanie Farrow
Van Johnson
Dianne Wiest
Zoe Caldwell
John Wood
Milo O'Shea
Edward Herrmann
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