In one of his finest romantic comedies, Woody Allen plays a no-hope theatrical agent, Danny Rose (his clients include balloon twisters, wine-glass players, and bird trainers), who finally has a shot at getting somewhere when he signs washed-up lounge singer, Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte). Canova has a complicated love life, juggling both his wife and a Mafia widow girlfriend (Mia Farrow), so he asks Danny to act as beard for him during a concert that could lead to his big break. What follows is a picaresque adventure that is immediately charming and, in the end, unexpectedly moving. 30th Anniversary Presentation shown in a newly restored 35mm print.
Hosted by acclaimed director Whit Stillman. American cinema's most urbane talent, Whit Stillman has directed and produced four sparkling comedies, each distinguished by witty dialogue and a light, urbane sensibility that launched him to the forefront of the independent filmmaking movement of the 1990s. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and the New York Film Critics Circle Award, in addition to being nominated for the Academy Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
Presented with the short film WOODY BEFORE ALLEN.
Directed by Woody Allen.
1984. 84minutes. 35mm Film.
USA. B+W. English.