NYNM#2: Just When I’d Glued My Heart Back Together

“I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.”

18. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)


To assuage her loneliness, unhappily married Depression-era waitress Cecilia escapes to the picture show and becomes transfixed with the movie “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter. When Tom literally steps off of the screen and into her life, both realities are thrown into chaos. Hilarity ensues.

More from the Woody back-catalogue. I loved this. Bittersweet and gentle, with a great cast (I have such a crush on Dianne Wiest). Not as slapstick as the early seventies stuff but so adorable it isn’t true. Apparently Allen was told that the film would be more successful if he changed the ending, but he refused. Kudos to him for that, it was perfect as was. 9/10.

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