Stardust Memories
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Woody Allen's tenth film as writer/director, Stardust Memories opens with a scene reminiscent of the opening of 8 1/2 and continues to use that film for inspiration. Sandy Bates (Allen) sits in a train at a train station, the car filled with very unhappy looking people. In a train on another set of tracks, Bates sees a wonderful party going on. A beautiful woman blows him a kiss as the happy train pulls out of the station. Bates is a famous film director who has been invited to attend a festival of his work being held at the Stardust hotel. He attends the event, but is ceaselessly harassed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though there are laughs along the way, this is a truly mean-spirited picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's the first Woody Allen film in which impotence has become the situation rather than the problem. This is a movie about a guy who has given up."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Allen never seemed more indulgent, posturing, or physically repulsive -- and yet all the film's many strengths lie in its anatomisation of this nasty display."
‑ , Film4
"An overlooked Woody Allen gem"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Woody Allen rips off 8 1/2, and the results are often funny and visually intriguing."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"With its blunt, artless angst, the picture leaves you feeling depleted, squashed."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Invokes the mood of an early Fellini film as it swirls through the troubled recollections of a film director, played by Mr. Allen."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A disappointing outing, despite its many laughs and inside jokes."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stardust Memories is a somber meditation on the celebrity syndrome."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Woody the pretentious; has some moments, but overall it's too self-conscious."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"One long cry of anguish about the price of fame comes perilously close to self-pity. And self-abuse."
‑ , Time Out
"Woody Allen pays tribute to Fellini's seminal 81/2 in this stylized, self-reflexive, often irritating feature."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Woody at his most autobiographical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Woody Allen does Fellini -- and the result is one of his best films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It is a fairly brutal and stylized account of the miseries of a famous comedian/director."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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