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Interiors

Watching this picture a question keeps recurring: what would Woody Allen think of all this? Then you remember he wrote and directed it.

Watching this picture a question keeps recurring: what would Woody Allen think of all this? Then you remember he wrote and directed it.

The film is populated by characters reacting to situations Allen has satirized so brilliantly in other pictures. Diane Keaton is a suffering poet married to Richard Jordan, a novelist overshadowed by Keaton’s accomplishments and talents. Keaton has two sisters – Kristin Griffith, a television actress, and Mary Beth Hurt, the most gifted of the three, but the least directed.

What would be called the film’s action – like Ingmar Bergman’s pictures, the movement is interior, in the mind – revolves around the relationship among the sisters and their parents, E.G. Marshall and Geraldine Page.

Interiors also looks like a Bergman film. Characters are photographed against blank walls, Keaton’s discussions with her analyst appear almost to be a confession into the camera. And the final third of Interiors was shot near the ocean in Long Island and looks like the Swedish island on which Bergman has photographed so many of his films.

Keaton’s role is the most difficult, but her performance the least believable of the eight principals. Maureen Stapleton as the woman Marshall marries after divorcing Page, is the only character who reacts more from the heart than the head.

1978: Nominations: Best Director, Actress (Geraldine Page), Supp. Actress (Maureen Stapleton), Original Screenplay, Art Direction

Interiors

  • Production: United Artists. Director Woody Allen; Producer Charles H. Joffe; Screenplay Woody Allen; Camera Gordon Willis; Editor Ralph Rosenblum; Art Director Mel Bourne
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 93 MIN.
  • With: Kristin Griffith Mary Beth Hurt Richard Jordan Diane Keaton E.G. Marshall Geraldine Page
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