Kicking off a season of screenings and events devoted to the changing face of cinema-going, Woody Allen’s ingenious 1985 film shows what can happen when movie logic collides with reality. Mia Farrow is Cecilia, a waitress in 1930s New Jersey with a serious addiction to the pictures. After repeated viewings of one particular RKO romance, The Purple Rose of Cairo, the film’s star (Jeff Daniels) turns to the audience and begins to address Cecilia directly.
Deftly playing with the fuzzy boundaries between fantasy and reality, this is one of Allen’s most moving, heartfelt features. We’re delighted to be showing it on 35mm, part of Scalarama‘s month of cinema mayhem and a fitting opener to Flatpack’s Celluloid City season.