Tuesday 2 January 2007

Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - ickleReview (video)

Black and white Woody Allen comedy about a hard-working but unsuccessful showbiz agent, Danny Rose (played by Allen), who takes a personal interest in his clients. His best client is an Italian nightclub crooner, Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), who, despite being around since the 1950s, is benefitting from a nostalgia revival. Danny gets involved with Lou's lover, Tina (Mia Farrow), and is chased across town by the mob.

The plot is framed by a bunch of old comics trading old stories about their colleague in a New York diner. (Allen would repeat this device with greater success in 2004's Melinda and Melinda.) The choice to shoot in black and white suits the nostalgic tone of the movie, but it is nowhere near as beautiful as Manhattan (1979).

Nugget: not one of his best, but still watchable.

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