Monday, July 20, 2009

Woody Does Radio City

One of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies is the "If You Are But Dream" sequence from Woody Allen's "Radio Days," in my opinion, Allen's most underrated film.

If anyone has ever had a music memory, a song that automatically transports you to a certain place and time, or a song that rattles the heart for someone long ago, this movie is all of those feelings strung together with a warm, touching, and often hilarious story of Allen's childhood.

What really strikes me about this scene is that, even in person, Radio City Music Hall never looked so beautiful.


Michael in New York said...

I know people love Annie Hall and his early flicks like Love & death and Take The Money and Bananas are often quite funny. But it's Woody's run from Manhattan in 1979 throughout the Eighties to Crimes & Misdemeanors in 1989 that are his greatest period and Radio Days is right in there as a delightful movie.

Stardust Memories
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (ehh)
Zelig (brilliant)
Broadway Danny Rose (also underrated)
The Purple Rose Of Cairo (perfect)
Hannah and Her Sisters (his warmest)
Radio Days (delightful)
September (a misfire)
Another Woman (not great, but not awful)
Crimes & misdemeanors (great)

plus the caustic Husbands & Wives in 1992. No wonder we thought he was great til he started piling on the crap.

UES Danny said...

Beware evildoers everywhere!