Rent Interiors (1978)

3.6 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 28min
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Synopsis:
When Eve (Geraldine Page), an interior designer, is deserted by her husband of many years, Arthur (E.G. Marshall), the emotionally glacial relationships of the three grown-up daughters are laid bare. Twisted by jealousy, insecurity and resentment, Renata (Diane Keaton), a successful writer; Flyn (Kristin Griffith), a woman crippled by indecision; and Joey (Marybeth Hurt), a budding actress; struggle to communicate for the sake of their shattered mother. But when their father unexpectedly falls for another woman (Maureen Stapleton), his decision to remarry sets in motion a terrible twist of fate...
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Missy Hope, Kerry Duffy, Nancy Collins, Penny Gaston, Roger Morden,
Directors:
Producers:
Charles H. Joffe, Robert Greenhut, Jack Rollins
Writers:
Woody Allen
Others:
Mel Bourne, Daniel Robert
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1979 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
19/08/2002
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/11/2016
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of Interiors

Woody's first drama. - Interiors review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
16/02/2021

In terms of subverting expectation and critical orthodoxy this was Woody's Dylan goes electric. Anyone who wandered into a cinema to see this because they enjoyed Bananas, would be astonished, and probably felt let down. That moment of shock has never quite entirely subsided.

Interiors is an approximation of classic European theatre, the sort of milieu we expect from Henrik Ibsen. Three sisters (ok, or Chekhov) who work in different artistic mediums are damaged by their childhoods and by their oppressive domineering mother. When their father marries again, each experiences the disturbance of past traumas. The pacing is slowed right down to allow the actors time and space to suggest their emotional frigidity. There is no music.

The exhumation of the internal conflict of artistic and educated upper middle class creatives or intellectuals would become so woven into Allen's films that he would become stereotyped by it. That really started here.  Woody's reputation as a strong writer of dramatic parts for women originates here too, with Maureen Stapleton winning a deserved Oscar. This is the first of Woody's ensemble films, a method that would eventually become his standard.

It's easy to accept that some of his audience wasn't ready for this, having already experienced the metamorphosis that was Annie Hall. But it works. For such a sombre and stifling approach it is still gripping, and emotionally convincing. 

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