Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to last month's film, On the Waterfront, we had a fantastic turnout! Another special thank you to those of you who brought snacks, we had such an abundance of treats we had to add a second table! You guys are the best!
For the month of February I've decided to go with a romantic pick (wink wink) and show a film by Woody Allen. We will be watching The Purple Rose of Cairo.
The Purple Rose of Cairo is a 1985 American romantic fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Inspired by Sherlock, Jr., Hellzapoppin’, and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. Set in New Jersey during the Great Depression in 1935, the film tells the story of Cecilia, a clumsy waitress who goes to the movies to escape her bleak life and loveless, abusive marriage, which she has attempted to leave on numerous occasions. It also is the tale of a film character named Tom Baxter who leaves a fictional film of the same name and enters the real world.
The Purple Rose of Cairo received much critical acclaim upon release, and currently holds a 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of 33 critical reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 4/4 stars, writing, "The Purple Rose of Cairo is audacious and witty and has a lot of good laughs in it, but the best thing about the movie is the way Woody Allen uses it to toy with the very essence of reality and fantasy. It is delightful from beginning to end, not only because of the clarity and charm with which Daniels and Farrow explore the problems of their characters, but also because the movie is so intelligent. It's not brainy or intellectual-no one in the whole movie speaks with more complexity than you average 1930s movie hero-but the movie is filled with wit and invention, and Allen trusts us to find the ironies, relish the contradictions, and figure things out for ourselves. While we do that, he makes us laugh and he makes us thing, and when you get right down to it, forget about the fantasies; those are two of the most exciting things that could happen to anybody in a movie."
We will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 18th at 6:15pm. Hope to see you there!
Here's the trailer: