Woody Allen Retrospective at Classic

WOODY ALLEN RETROSPECTIVE

From February through to October this year, we're bringing back to the big screen 36 films from the oeuvre of one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, Woody Allen.

Every Sunday at 2pm, come along to Classic to catch old favourites like Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters, as well as some of Allen's lesser known gems such as Radio Days and Deconstructing Harry.

All tickets are $12. See how many of Woody's films you can tick off your list this year!

Purple Rose of Cairo

Not yet rated, 82 mins
Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There's only one problem...Tom isn't real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they discover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world?
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Hannah and Her Sisters

Not yet rated, 103 mins
During a Thanksgiving Day party we make acquaintance with a numerous and problematic family. The leading characters are three sisters: Lee, the woman of Frederick, an old misanthrope painter; Holly, who dreams of becoming a writer, or an actress, or who knows who...; Hannah, famous actress, beautiful, intelligent, good mother, good wife, good sister, in short perfect, the pivot of the family.
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Radio Days

Not yet rated, 88 mins
Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942.
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September

Not yet rated, 82 mins
Everyone is gathering at Lane's place for the weekend, and everyone's in love. Unfortunately, each beloved loves somebody else, and no one seems to realise it.
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Another Woman

Not yet rated, 81 mins
Having recently turned fifty, Marion feels that she has led a so far blessed life. The well-respected Dean of Philosophy at a women's college, she is currently on sabbatical to write her latest book. Although her first husband Sam died tragically fourteen years ago from a mixture of alcohol and pills, she has recently remarried to Ken, who, married at the time, pursued her, while Ken's writer friend, Larry, also professed his love for her. She has a good relationship with her step-daughter Laura, seemingly better than Laura has with either Ken or Laura's own volatile mother, Kathy. Between her and her brother Paul, Marion always had the attention of their academic father. And she and Ken have a wide circle of friends with who they regularly and willingly socialize. But a series of incidents with these people in her life makes Marion wonder about the decisions that she's made, most specifically whether her cerebral and judgmental nature has been alienating to those around her.
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Crimes and Misdemeanors

Not yet rated, 104 mins
Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it.
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Alice

Not yet rated, 102 mins
Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut.
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Shadows and Fog

Not yet rated, 85 mins
A small and insignificant bookkeeper, Kleinman, is awoken one night by his neighbors who wants his help to track down a strangler who has been killing people all over town. The citizens form vigilance committees, but when Kleinman has dressed, his neighbors have disappeared. Meanwhile a circus has come to town. Irmy and Paul are two of the artists. After a fight, Irmy leaves the circus in the middle of the night. Eventually she meets Kleinman, scared and alone.
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Husbands and Wives

Not yet rated
When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and meet new people, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained, and they begin to find themselves being attracted to other people.
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Manhattan Murder Mystery

Not yet rated, 104 mins
Larry and Carol are fairly normal New Yorkers who have sent their son off to college. They meet an elderly couple down the hall and later in the week find that the wife has suddenly died. Carol becomes suspicious of Paul who seems to be too cheerful and too ready to move on. She begins her investigation. Larry insists she is becoming too fixated on their neighbour as all of the irregularities seem to have simple non-homicidal explanations. Ted, a recently divorced friend helps her investigation and Larry begins to become jealous of their relationship and agrees to help her.
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Anything Else

Not yet rated, 108 mins
Jerry Falk and David Dobel, who meet at a business meeting, become fast friends. Their commonality is that they are both fledgling New York based comedy writers, largely writing material for stand-ups, are Jewish (although David is an atheist), and are each of bundle of different neuroses
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Cafe Society

Not yet rated, 96 mins
A young man moves to 1930s Los Angeles to work for his uncle who is a talent agent where he falls in love with his uncle's assistant.
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Irrational Man

Not yet rated, 95 mins
A new philosophy professor arrives on a small town campus near Newport, Rhode Island. His name, Abe Lucas. His reputation: bad. Abe is said to be a womanizer and an alcoholic. But what people do not know is that he is a disillusioned idealist.
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Magic in the Moonlight

Rated PG (Mild themes), 97 mins
Set in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is an entrancing inspection of the life of a master illusionist Stanley Crawford, (Colin Firth) in the 1920s, who is tasked with exposing an alluring young clairvoyant (Emma Stone), as a fraud. This is his sideline job – he exposes frauds particularly mediums who receive communication from the spirit world. This is a very glamorous looking film that explores our belief in something more and it includes a twist that will leave you stunned. This film is a debate between rationalism and magic. Firth’s character is constantly to convince that nothing exists beyond the tangible and the real. Stanley is a skeptic in a world obsessed with illusion and he knows that realism is a limited and empty view but he is stubborn in his criticism of illusion. This film delves into the notion that magic expresses a need to believe in the supernatural and equally strong skepticism to disbelieve in it. Typically Allen extracts delightful performances from his talented cast. This is a film that will thrill the senses especially aesthetically.

“France does seem to bring out the best in Allen, who, working with much of his “Midnight” crew, has delivered one of his most beautifully made films.”
Scott Foundas, Variety

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Blue Jasmine

Rated M (Mature themes and coarse language ), 98 mins
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger's modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Throughout his career, Woody Allen has created many indelible female characters portrayed by some of the world's greatest actresses. Certain to take her place in this gallery of multifaceted, complex, and richly observed women is Jasmine, the troubled heroine of Allen's new film Blue Jasmine, portrayed by the extraordinary Cate Blanchett. She stars alongside an incredible supporting cast including Alex Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K. and Michael Stuhlbarg, in this emotionally powerful drama that is wise, tender and funny in equal measure.

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To Rome with Love

Rated M (Infrequent coarse language and sexual references), 112 mins
Nero Fiddled is an upcoming romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, scheduled to be released in 2012. The film is set in Rome, Italy. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Allen himself in his first acting role since 2006's Scoop.
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Midnight in Paris

Rated PG (Mild sexual references), 94 mins
On holidays in Paris with his fiancé, Gil, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and self-confessed nostalgist, harbours the dream of someday writing a great American novel. He’s besotted with the golden age of Paris of the 1920s, and the legends of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali… Exploring the city, Gil embarks on an enchanted journey to discover the streets alive with hidden wonders that will change his life forever.

Featuring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody, Midnight In Paris is an exhilarating valentine to the City of Light, and a sheer pleasure to watch – beguiling, magical, thoughtful and very funny, and a paean to dreamers and romantics everywhere.
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Rated M (Mature themes), 96 mins
Two young American women, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) come to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky is sensible and engaged to be married; Cristina is emotionally and sexually adventurous. In Barcelona, they're drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements with Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a charismatic painter, who is still involved with his tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). Set against the luscious Mediterranean sensuality of Barcelona, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is Woody Allen's funny and open-minded celebration of love in all its configurations.
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Whatever Works

Rated M (Sexual references), 88 mins
Larry David plays an eccentric New Yorker who abandons his privileged upper class life to lead a more bohemian existence. He meets a young girl from the south, played by Evan Rachel Wood, and when her family get involved no two people seem to get along in the entanglements that follow.
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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Rated M, 98 mins
Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.
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Mighty Aphrodite

Not yet rated, 95 mins
When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.
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Bullets Over Broadway

Not yet rated, 98 mins
In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.
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Sweet and Lowdown

Not yet rated, 95 mins
In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.
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Small Time Crooks

Not yet rated, 94 mins
A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.
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Deconstructing Harry

Not yet rated, 94 mins
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
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