The Purple Rose of Cairo

Film, Comedy
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Photograph: British Film Institute

Time Out says

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.

By: GA


Release details

82 mins

Cast and crew

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
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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