BROADWAY DANNY ROSE
1984, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

This affectionate profile of a hapless talent agent is one of Woody Allen’s best films of the 1980s. “Broadway” Danny Rose (Allen) represents clients at the bottom of the entertainment barrel, among them lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte). But Canova is on the verge of a comeback - as long as Danny can keep the performer’s affair with a gangster’s ex-girlfriend (Mia Farrow, never better) a secret. Gordon Willis’ B&W cinematography lends a nostalgic glow to this comedy, as do cameos from Milton Berle and Howard Cosell.


THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

1930s matinee idol Jeff Daniels walks down off the movie screen into sweet, adoring fan Mia Farrow’s life in this bittersweet comic fantasy. With Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Van Johnson, Milo O’Shea and Edward Herrmann.


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