Interiors

Allen fans didn't like this stark examination of love, life, and death because they kept expecting it to turn funny and it never did. INTERIORS nevertheless represented an important and impressive change of direction for Allen, who here pays explicit homage to one of his acknowledged mentors, Ingmar Bergman--he even goes as far as to employ some of the...read more

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Allen fans didn't like this stark examination of love, life, and death because they kept expecting it to turn funny and it never did. INTERIORS nevertheless represented an important and impressive change of direction for Allen, who here pays explicit homage to one of his acknowledged

mentors, Ingmar Bergman--he even goes as far as to employ some of the master's best-known techniques, photographing the principals against blank walls and having them speak directly into the camera.

Wealthy Arthur (Marshall) and mentally disturbed Eve (Page) are the parents of three sisters. Arthur announces one day that he is leaving his wife to marry Pearl (Stapleton, in a role that gives the film its heart). The news causes Eve to disintegrate, and the daughters rush to their mother's side

to help her through the crisis, even though they are having problems of their own. Renata (Keaton) is a poet married to a hack novelist (Jordan). Joey (Hurt), the most talented of the trio, seems incapable of focusing her abilities. Flyn (Griffith), meanwhile, a TV actress, is intensely

self-centered. How the family deals with its problems forms the core of the film. The acting is outstanding all around, with special mention going to Hurt, Marshall, Page and Stapleton. Nominated for Oscars for writing, direction, actress (Page, inexplicably defeated by Jane Fonda in COMING HOME)

and supporting actress.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Allen fans didn't like this stark examination of love, life, and death because they kept expecting it to turn funny and it never did. INTERIORS nevertheless represented an important and impressive change of direction for Allen, who here pays explicit homag… (more)

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