The Purple Rose of Cairo
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Woody Allen blurs the the boundaries between the real and unreal in this unique comic fantasy. The scene is a small town in the mid-1930s. Trapped in a dead-end job and an abusive marriage, Cecelia (Mia Farrow) regularly seeks refuge in the local movie house. She becomes so enraptured by the latest attraction, an RKO screwball comedy called The Purple Rose of Cairo, that she returns to the theatre day after day. During one of these visits, the film's main character Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels), pauses in his dialogue, turns towards the audience, and says to Cecelia, "My God, how you must… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In NJ, anything can happen!"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Weird but wistful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Inventive, even romantic Woody Allen."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Awesome Woody Allen"
‑ Fred Topel,
"Its satirical destruction of the fourth wall disguises a bittersweet lesson on Hollywood dreams and the unpleasant realities they hide."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Whimsical Woody Allen love note to '30s films."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"sublimely engaging"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The most overlooked of Allen's great films."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Clever Woody Allen comedy-fantasy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Lighthearted and full of whimsy"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Woody Allen's bittersweet comedy about the magical allure of movies in the Depression era was nominated for Original Screenplay Oscar, but it's premise is smiliar to that of Buster Keaton's 1924 silent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Classic Woody. A great cast and a great story."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"A thoroughly enchanting work of art by one of our finest moviemakers"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of Allen's oddest and most charming experiments."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A lot of meanings float around in this outwardly simple fable."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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