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An "intensely provocative [and] searing dissection of human behavior" (New York Daily News),Interiors marked a cinematic watershed for Woody Allen. In his first serious drama, Allen's interest in the human condition was not purely farcical and not limited to quick-wit and slapstick gags. Exploring the dynamics of a family in crisis, Interiors is "destined to become a landmark of American filmmaking" (The Hollywood Reporter). Nominated* for 5 Academy AwardsÂ(r). When Eve (Geraldine Page), an interior designer, is deserted by her husband of many years, Arthur (E.G. Marshall), the emotionally glacial relationships of their three grown daughters arelaid bare. Twisted by jealousy, insecurity and resentment, Renata (Diane Keaton), a successful writer; Flyn (Kristin Griffith), a woman crippled by indecision; and Joey (Mary Beth Hurt) a budding actress; struggle to communicate for the sake of their shattered mother. But when their father unexpectedly falls for another woman (Maureen Stapleton), his decision to remarry sets in motion a terrible twist of fate with tragically unexpected consequences. Academy AwardÂ(r)-winning** cast. *1978: Actress (Page), Supporting Actress (Stapleton), Director, Original Screenplay, Art Direction **Page: Actress, The Trip to Bountiful (1985); Keaton: Actress, Annie Hall (1977); Stapleton: Supporting Actress, Reds (1981)
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Woody Allen writes great dialogue but he also knows when to leave dialogue out. I’m guessing here but my guess is that during the last fifteen minutes of the film not one word is spoken (we may hear breathing and groans and sighs but no words) until the very last scene when one of the sisters says something about the sea being quiet, calm. We didn’t need dialogue.
And who is responsible for the great scenes, the editing. Interiors of houses, interiors of apartments—all done in shades of tan and white and grey? Stark. Seemingly empty but deliberately sparse. Like the interiors of the people who live there, like the woman (played by Geraldine Page) who suffers from a mental illness, who is obsessive about color and product, and who finally breaks.
E.G. Marshall plays the father of the three girls in this drama. As he says, he has been a good
husband, yes, and a good father, yes, and now he needs to get away, to have some time to himself. It’s not irrevocable, he says. But he needs some color in his life and he finds it in Pearl (played by Maureen Stapleton) who wears bright red, who lives life to the fullest, who dances without inhibition at her own wedding, who is so different from the woman who is the mother of his three daughters.
The girls? The unmarried actress (Kristen Griffith) who comes and goes, who is not around much, who is unhappy with the roles she is given, who has little hope for her future, who snorts cocaine. The unhappily married sister (Diane Keaton) who is a successful poet, who outshines her husband who is also a writer (and a drinker), who has a child she really doesn’t want, who keeps telling her own mother that things will work out, who has lost the ability to give love herself. The unmarried sister (Marybeth Hurt) who can’t commit to marrying the man she lives with, who can’t commit to having a baby, who can’t commit to a job, who takes on the responsibility of caring for her mother, who is realistic about the outcome of her parents’ separation. Is all this depressing? Yes. Is all this good for the story line. Absolutely.
Windows and mirrors and ocean scenes dominate. The characters staring out windows, the viewer catching action through windows; the characters looking into mirrors, the viewer catching action (ever so slight) in mirrors. The ocean, beautiful but angry when it has to be. My favorite scene. Two sisters walking on the beach shot through the slats of those stake sand fences wired together. As the camera moves and the women move, it’s like a gauzy kaleidoscope as we walk with them. And what colors are in all these beach scenes. Tans and whites and greys.
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Can't believe anyone would charge for this movie, and I love Woody Allen movie. The WORST!!!!