Woody Allen Collection: Volume 2

22/01/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 22/01/2007
  |  420 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

The second installment of the 'Woody Allen Collection' featuring five more films from the acclaimed writer-director. In 'Interiors' (1978), three sisters (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt and Kristin Griffith) try to come to terms with themselves and their family when their father Arthur (E.G. Marshall) decides to divorce their mother (Geraldine Page) to enable him to marry a lively middle-aged woman (Maureen Stapleton). In 'Manhattan' (1979), Isaac Davis (Allen) is a TV writer, frustrated in both career and his lovelife. An on-off affair with teenage drama student Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) is blighted by his anxiety about their age difference, whilst his attraction to the pretentious Mary (Keaton) is complicated by the fact that she is already having an affair with his married friend Yale (Michael Murphy). Meanwhile, his lesbian ex-wife (Meryl Streep) prepares to dish the dirt about their marriage in a forthcoming book. In 'A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy' (1982), three couples spend a 'quiet' weekend together for the wedding of one of them. Inventor Andrew (Allen) and Adrian are the hosts, while his cousin Dr Leopold has arrived to marry his fiancée Ariel (Mia Farrow). However, Andrew begins to lust after Ariel, as does Dr Maxwell Jordan (Tony Roberts), who has brought along his nurse, Dulcy. There follows a multitude of seductions and sexual misadventures with the bride and groom saying 'I do' to everyone but each other. In 'Zelig' (1983), in America during the years of the Depression, Leonard Zelig (Allen) uses his chameleon-like powers to become a minor celebrity. He is seen watching Babe Ruth making a home run, cheering Adolph Hitler and rubbing shoulders with Roosevelt. Zelig becomes so celebrated that a psychiatrist (Farrow) takes him on as a patient, and soon falls in love with him. Finally, in 'Broadway Danny Rose' (1984), a hopeless theatrical agent (Allen) tries to revive the career of one of his singers, who is involved with the Mafia. Suddenly the agent finds himself at the centre of a gangland war.