The latest film written and directed by Woody Allen, Café Society, was released “everywhere” this past weekend. Now you can see it at art houses like our Laemmle’s Pasadena 7. We watched it Friday night, and here’s why we think you’d like it too:
- The glamour of the 1930s – Café Society’s story develops over a period of time in the 1930s. You’ll see gorgeous dresses, shoes, hats, furs, cars, clubs, multiple pool parties, and hear the music of the time. That was a world of martinis and indoor smoking (ok, this last one not so good) and everything looks exciting and sophisticated!
- The wit and philosophy of Allen – If you are a fan of Allen’s work, you will get the share of clever conversation and philosophy that you are expecting. “Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer,” says one of the characters. Sounds like an interesting take on Shakespeare’s “Life is a tale told by a fool,” doesn’t it? You know how it is… it stays with you for a while.
- An Allen’s favorite: a spring-winter relationship – Kristen Stewart (who you MUST know from the Twilight movies) is here in a romantic relationship with Steve Carell (The Office and a million other movies and TV shows). Stewart is softer than in other films, “adorable” said Allen in a press conference, the type of girl who can both pass as a sweet secretary from Nebraska first, and then later as a smashing and elegant socialite. It is nice to see Carell here as someone very different than that doofus from The Office.
- Jesse Eisenberg, as Bobby – You first saw him playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and here he delivers a character that you cannot help but compare to Allen himself. In a press conference Eisenberg said that he never consciously tried to mimic Allen, although the latter agreed that Bobby is the type of character he would have played in his younger years. Bobby’s story is not based in Allen’s personal experience, as none of the things that happen to Bobby ever happened to Allen in real life. The only thing drawn from his life, Allen confessed, is the behavior of Bobby’s parents – a Jewish couple who bickers with one another constantly, all while switching from English to Yiddish at will. An Allen impersonation or not, Eisenberg is great in this role.
- Allen is 80 years old and this movie is a first – Whatever your opinion on his morals and personal life, Allen’s writing and directing is genius. He’s 80 now, in four months 81, and he’s still the type of director that a movie star feels flattered to work for. He will continue to work until the day he can’t do it anymore, he said in the press conference, but luckily he comes from a family known for its longevity – both parents got to a hundred! And check this out, at 80, Café Society is Allen’s first film shot digitally. The man is moving with the times!
Café Society is rated PG-13 and will play at Laemmle Pasadena 7 through August 11. The theater is located at 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena 91101. Click here for tickets and additional information
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