Rent Stardust Memories (1980)

3.6 of 5 from 97 ratings
1h 25min
Rent Stardust Memories Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
  • General info
  • Available formats
Synopsis:
Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) is not only tired of being funny, he may even be teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown. At a retrospective of his films, in between toecurlingly stupid questions from his audiences, he's forced to confront not only the meaning of his work but also past and present relationships with Dorrie (Charlotte Rampling), Daisy (Jessica Harper) and Isobel (Marie-Christine Barrault). Plagued by hallucinations, alien visitations and philistine studio executives trying to change his bleak new film into something more conventionally crowd-pleasing, Sandy struggles to find a reason to go on living.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Gabrielle Strasun, , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Robert Greenhut
Writers:
Woody Allen
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/07/2007
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/12/2016
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

Rent other films like Stardust Memories

Found in these customers lists

Reviews (1) of Stardust Memories

Head-movie. - Stardust Memories review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
16/02/2021

 After the commercial success of Manhattan, Stardust Memories suffered a huge critical backlash accusing Allen of narcissism and arrogance and of mocking his audience. The director responded that his character in the film (an actor/writer/director) wasn't modelled on himself. Which felt a little disingenuous.

I like the film. It mimics Fellini's 8 1/2 and just as much Sturges' Sullivan's Travels, but then, his films always had referred to other great film makers. It utilises dreams, visions, fantasies and flashback. Woody goes to New Jersey to a festival showing his work and is exposed to a crazy hyper-exaggeration of the celebrity experience of superfans, critics, groupies and rivals.

 The film jumps from Stardust Memories, a film made by Woody Allen, to the surreal films made by his character Sandy Bates, in a really satisfying, and clever way. It's kind of an experimental film although perhaps not as much as when Fellini first made it.

I wouldn't expect it to be a crowd pleasing hit. But it is far more entertaining than most head-movies and it effectively analysis the value of being a maker of comedies within a variety of contexts. Maybe it's not as funny as most of his films, or as satisfyingly dramatic as his recent hits of the late seventies. But it has some startling moments. Everyone remembers the aliens who travelled across space to tell Allen/Bates that they prefer his early funny films, but there is a particularly  moving scene made up of series of jump cuts of Charlotte Rampling in a psychiatric hospital. 

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Unlimited films sent to your door, starting at £9.99 a month.