The Purple Rose of Cairo

Director: Woody Allen
Screenwriters: Woody Allen

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


As often the case with Woody Allen’s recent films, plot details of The Purple Rose of Cairo remain a mystery except for the following clues: the title refers to a 1936 romantic adventure which is playing at a movie theater called the Jewel. Mia Farrow stars as a sweet but innocent waitress living in a small town but dreaming of a better place to go and people to meet. With Zelig and Broadway Danny Rose, Woody Allen showed a seriousness toward film history, character and drama far beyond his earlier comedies. His pursuit of new themes and forms, over the pressures to return to straight comedy, is exemplary and we look to Allen to provide us with another strong and innovative work with The Purple Rose Of Cairo.

Screening Details

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