Stardust Memories

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 by fans who accost him and repel him in equal measure. While consistently hearing the complaints from fans, critics, and even space aliens that his earlier comedies are superior to his dramatic work, Bates juggles a trio of women in his private life. His encounters during the course of the retrospective force Bates to take a long look at himself. Sharon Stone makes one of her first film appearances as the woman who blows Sandy a kiss.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Woody Allen's altar is the art of filmmaking, and Stardust Memories is his crisis of faith. Allen has always used his art to shape and make sense of his reality, but as the film begins, he wonders if he is washed up, an empty vessel, with nothing left to offer that will help ease the suffering in the world. Hence his anger in the face of his loving audience: while Allen cruelly bashes unthinking devotion of the groupie, he also wonders underneath if he has done anything worthy of such unflinching adoration. Allen's follow-up to the beautiful and brilliant Manhattan, Stardust Memories is a similarly gorgeous black and white film (Gordon Willis was cinematographer on both films) which also stands as an homage to Fellini's autobiographical 8 1/2. Told with a mixture of pathos, cynicism and humor, Stardust Memories often divides Woody-philes because the cruel and mocking finger it points at fans and critics indicts Allen's narcissism as much as his insightfulness. However, Allen continues to sprinkle in enough self-deferential humor to ease the sting of his attack. As always, Allen's neuroses infuse his requisite quest for love with a fumbling and bittersweet quality. Allen's ultimate determination that the best way he can serve humanity is "to tell funnier jokes" is not only a great comfort to fans of his comedies, but also Woody's version of a life-affirming statement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2000
  • UPC: 883904127307
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Sandy Bates
Charlotte Rampling Dorrie
Marie-Christine Barrault Isobel
Jessica Harper Daisy
John Rothman Jack Abel
Amy Wright Shelley
Tony Roberts Tony
Helen Hanft Vivian Orkin
Daniel Stern Actor
Anne de Salvo Sandy's Sister
Judith Crist Critic
Cynthia Gibb
Louise Lasser Sandy's Secretary
Joan Neuman Sandy's Mother
Ken Chapin Sandy's Father
Leo Cimino Sandy's Analyst
Eli Mintz Old Man
Bob Maroff Jerry Abraham
David Lipman George
Jaqui Safra Sam
Sharon Stone Pretty Girl on train
Jack Rollins Studio Executive
Howard Kissel Sandy's Manager
Renee Lippin Sandy's Press Agent
Sol Lomita Sandy's Accountant
Irving Metzman Sandy's Lawyer
Roy Brocksmith Dick Lobel
Victoria Zussin Mrs. Payson
Frances Pole Libby
Barry Weiss Dancer to 'Three Little Words'
Michael Goldstein Question Askers at Screening
Stanley Ackerman Reporter at Screening
Edward S. Kotkin Fan in Lobby
Laura Delano Fan in Lobby
Lisa Friedman Fan in Lobby
Brent Spiner Fan in Lobby
Maurice Shrog Fan in Lobby
Paula Raflo Fan in Lobby
Jordan Derwin Fan in Lobby
Tony Azito Fan in Lobby
Carl Don Fan in Lobby
Bert Michaels Fan in Lobby
Deborah Johnson Fan in Lobby
Benjamin Rayson Dr. Paul Perlstein
Gustave Tassell Cabaret Patron
Dimitri Vassilopoulos Cabaret Patron
Sylvia Davis Hostility Victim
Victor Truro Hostility Psychoanalyst
Irwin Keyes Fan Outside Hotel
Bonnie Hellman Fan Outside Hotel
Judith Cohen Friend of Sandy's Sister
E. Brian Dean Police Sergeant Arresting George
Leslie Smith Autograph Seeker on Boardwalk
Philip Lenkowsky Autograph Seeker/Assassin
Kenny Vance New Studio Executive
Annie Korzen Woman in Ice Cream Parlour
Wade Barnes UFO follower
Gabriel Barre UFO follower
Martha Sherrill UFO follower
Ann Risley UFO follower
Daniel Friedman UFO follower
Largo Woodruff UFO follower
Armin Shimerman Eulogy Audience
John Doumanian Armenian Fan
Jack Hollander Cop Arresting Sandy
Judith Roberts Singer of 'Three Little Words'
Andy Albeck Studio Executive
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Fredric B. Blankfein Asst. Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Greenhut Producer
Dick Hyman Score Composer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer, Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Steven Jordan Set Decoration/Design
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Michael Molly Art Director
Susan E. Morse Editor
Michael Peyser Production Manager
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
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