Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he’s not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny helps him.
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re-rating. Fellini, from "Luci del Varietà" to "Le Notti di Cabiria", is the main inspiration of this film, in its musicality and dramaturgically. An absolute delight of illogicality and free variations, with actors and camera in a tight agreement - oh, the wonder of all those performers! - and a magnificent derision of the Italian-American cinematographic mythology. Splendorous cinematography by Gordon Willis.
Charming, amusing, but not too daring. I personally prefer the two films that followed this one, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Hannah and Her Sisters, but it's definitely a period in which Woody Allen was making some of his best stuff, just like the past several years.
Often very beautiful to look at, and never less than pleasant to be around, Broadway Danny Rose is nevertheless a slight confection, not quite top-shelf, from that early 80's period between Stardust Memories and Hannah and Her Sisters in which Woody reconnected with his kooky side, with mixed but always congenial results. Like the old Joe Franklin show, it's cornball but it's comfortable. It hums the body nostalgic.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not perfect but the Gordon Willis photography and Mia Farrow's performance make up for a lot. One of my more favorite of Allen's performances (I think the wardrobe makes it) and the comedian book ends were a nice touch.
Une oeuvre mineure de Woody Allen qui n'enthousiasme jamais vraiment. Pourtant certaines scènes d'une cocasserie fort subtile resteront inoubliables. Cette relative déception peut s'expliquer par un scénario quelque peu vague et une multitude de petits rôles sans réelle consistance et dont l'existence est discutable... www.cinefiches.com
It has its ups and downs. There are moments of pure Allen gold, and even though the performances are a tad too heightened (lookin' at you Farrow) and some of the wackiness gets a bit out of control, it is the astounding simplicity of sequences such as the ending, that make it so worthwhile. Danny Rose is a wonderfully sympathetic character, and the framing and lighting are top notch. One of Allen's better films.