If You Like Depressing Movies...
By Ingmar Bergman's Depressed Cousin
In 1977, Woody Allen created Annie Hall, his seventh comedy.
Later that year, Annie Hall won the Oscar for Best Picture
while Woody took home a little gold man for his Best Director efforts.
Thanks to this success and notoriety, Woody gained complete artistic
freedom on his next film. So, in 1978, Allen followed up his most
brilliant comedy with his most brilliant drama, Interiors.
Interiors is a showcase for the modern manic-depressive:
the breakup of a family, a nervous breakdown, attempted suicide,
drug use, multiple life failures, forsaken dreams, unrequited love,
attempted rape, sibling rivalry, abortion, electric shock therapy,
writers' block and death. Damn, I love this film.
Woody said, "I wanted to go for the highest kind of drama. And
if I failed, I failed. That's okay.But what I was aiming for, if
I had made it, it would have been very, very significant. I'm not
saying that I made it, but the ambition was good, the ambition was
He most certainly did not fail. Interiors turns out to be
one of Allen's greatest achievements. The only reason this stark
drama never got the attention it deserves was because Woody Allen
directed it. He was supposed to be a comedian. He wasn't supposed
to make you think too hard. John Waters wrote, "...if Allen had
done this film under a Swedish pseudonym, it would be considered
Speaking of Swedish, this film looks a lot like a certain Swedish
director's films. Godfather veteran and longtime Allen cinematographer
Gordon Willis lays a few sheets of tracing paper over the Sven Nykvist
book of photography-long, quiet shots & bleak visuals that match
the mood of the scene. Also, like Bergman, Allen showed restraint
in his sparse use of music.
The acting in this film is top notch with no weak links. Especially
amazing performances are turned in by Geraldine Page as the somber
and unstable ex-wife and Maureen Stapleton as the vibrant new wife.
They never have a scene together, but they play off the repercussions
of each other's actions so well.
The next time you go to the video store and you're about to rent
Hannah and her Sisters again, pick this up instead and judge for
yourself. I promise you-it won't be rented.
Rare photo of awards-snubbed Woody Bergman (pre-Prozac)
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