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The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985

  • Woody Allen
  • March 1, 1985
  • 82 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising her spirits, where she watches dashing archaeologist Tom Baxter time and again.


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Cecilia is an ordinary woman with an ordinary life and her greatest passion is going to the movies. The story is passed during the Golden Age of Hollywood where the films were able to enchant with their glamourous worlds and charming actors. Cecilia lived every moment of the stories that she was seeing.

Loving cinema is about escaping reality and enjoy a piece of fantasy, like some kind of magic that makes people jump into a different world and experience the situations of the life of other fictional characters. That's what Cecilia liked to do, she escaped from her own life and there she also could forget the problems of her own life, there she could be totally happy. One day, just like magic her biggest with came true. One of the character's of one of the movies that Cecilia watched over and over again jumped out of the screen to live in the real world with her! But sometimes things are not that simple in the real world.

The Purple Rose of Cairo is another great work from Woody Allen's. This man's work is absolutely creative and is amazing how he can always be so clever in the way he tells his stories. Combined with a great writing and direction, once again, the performances are great too, Mia Farrow's especially.

I would like to mention the last scene which I think is perfect. Is sad and touching but absolutely beautiful at the same time. Mia Farrow's face and the look on her eyes demonstrate the joy that can be brought to us while watching a film. Cinema can make us dream even if it's just for a while but it can also remind us of what reality is.

The Purple Rose of Cairo is absolutely lovely.

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