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Monday, March 13, 2017

Cafe Society (2016)

What is the obsession with 1930's Hollywood?  The Coen brothers have done two movies set there (most recently Hail Caesar, which garnered one Oscar nomination and no awards, but was quite star studded and entertaining none-the-less), and there are several other lesser knowns who have regressed to that era.  What I know about it doesn't make me want to go there, but I do think it was an era that directors may have loved.  They could shop their movie to a studio related to both their enthusiasm for your idea and their stable of stars, and the movie was bound to get made lickety split.  If you ignore the unfairness to all those but studio higher ups, it must have been paradise for directors and writers who were in demand.  Which might explain Woody Allen's fascination with the period.
This is an age old triangular tail.  Jessie Eisenberg plays the nephew of a studio executive played by Steve Carrell.  They are both in love with the same girl, played by Kristen Stewart.  Long story short, Stewart loves them both, but picks the man with established money and lives to regret it.  There is a lot more to it than that, so go see this.  Well acted and well performed movie.

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