Woody Allen's tenth film as writer/director, STARDUST MEMORIES, finds the comic director mining something meta. Perhaps one of Allen's most Felliniesque films, STARDUST MEMORIES finds Sandy Bates, a film director in creative crisis. 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. Deeply inspired by Fellini's 8 1/2, STARDUST MEMORIES blurs the lines between reality and fiction. The film also stars Charlotte Rampling and the screen debut of Sharon Stone.
The film was part of the HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE series devoted to the cinematic works of Charlotte Rampling. The series also included THE LOOK, a documentary examining Rampling's work, MELANCHOLIA, Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic melodrama, and THE MILL AND THE CROSS by Lech Majewski.
Directed by Woody Allen.
USA. 89minutes. 35mm Film.
1980. Black + White. English.