πŸŽ₯ The Purple Rose of Cairo – 1985

The Story …

In 1935 New Jersey during the Great Depression, Cecilia is a clumsy waitress who goes to the movies to escape her bleak life and loveless, abusive marriage to Monk, whom she has attempted to leave on numerous occasions.

The latest film Cecilia sees is a fictional RKO film, The Purple Rose of Cairo. It is the story of a rich Manhattan playwright named Henry who goes on an exotic vacation to Egypt with companions Jason and Rita. While in Egypt, the three meet archaeologist Tom Baxter.

Tom is brought back for a “madcap Manhattan weekend” where he falls head-over-heels for Kitty Haynes, a chanteuse at the Copacabana …

After Cecilia sits through the film several times, Tom, noticing her, breaks the fourth wall, and emerges from the inner film’s black-and-white world into the full-color real world on the other side of the cinema screen.

He tells Cecilia that he is attracted to her after noticing her watching him so many times, and she takes him around her New Jersey town. Later, he takes her into the film and they have a great evening in the town within the film.

The two fall in love. But between these two events, the character’s defection from the film has caused some problems. In other copies of the film, others have tried to exit the screen.

The producer of the film learns that Tom has left the film, and he flies cross-country to New Jersey with actor Gil Shepherd (the “real life” actor playing the part of Tom in the movie).

This sets up an unusual love triangle involving Tom, Gil, and Cecilia. Cecilia must choose between them and she decides to choose the real person of Gil rather than the fantasy figure of Tom. She gives up the chance to return with Tom to his world, choosing to stay with Gil and have a “real” life. Then she finally leaves her husband.

But Gil’s professions of love for Cecilia were falseβ€”he wooed her only to get Tom to return to the movie and thereby save his own Hollywood career.

Gil abandons Cecilia and is seen quietly racked with guilt on his flight back to Hollywood. Having been left without a lover, job, or home, Cecilia ends up immersing herself in the frothy escapism of Hollywood once again by going to the movies.

Cecilla sits by herself in the theater watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance to “Cheek to Cheek” in Top Hat, ultimately losing herself in the charm of the film.

Credits :

  • Directed by : Woody Allen
  • Written by : Woody Allen
  • Produced by : Robert Greenhut
  • Cinematography :Β  Gordon Willis
  • Edited by : Susan E. Morse
  • Music by : Dick Hyman
  • Distributed by : Orion Pictures
  • Release Date : March 1, 1985

Cast :

  • Mia Farrow as Cecilia
  • Jeff Daniels as Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
  • Danny Aiello as Monk
  • Edward Herrmann as Henry
  • John Wood as Jason
  • Deborah Rush as Rita
  • Zoe Caldwell as the Countess
  • Van Johnson as Larry Wilde
  • Karen Akers as Kitty Haynes
  • Milo O’Shea as Father Donnelly
  • Dianne Wiest as Emma
  • Paul Herman as The Penny Pitcher
  • Michael Tucker as Gil’s agent
  • Raymond Serra as Hollywood Executive
  • Glenne Headly as hooker in bordello
  • Juliana Donald as usherette
  • George Martin as member of movie audience
  • Loretta Tupper as music shop owner

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Purple_Rose_of_Cairo

Copyright Protected :

ALL RIGHTS TO THIS MOVIE REMAIN WITH THE OWNERS

GENRE : #DRAMA-MOVIES

Support MovieMagic

SUBSCRIBE

MOVIE NEWSLETTER

If you would like to be kept informed about our growing classic movie community, simply subscribe to our periodical newsletter.
MovieMagic