Watch: The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 123movies, Full Movie Online – Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There’s only one problem..Tom isn’t real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they dicover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world?.
Plot: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mundane 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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Allen’s best film to date
Woody’s stories are often derivative, but he’s forgiven that, usually, because the results are good and ultimately do deserve his signature. For PURPLE ROSE, he swipes Buster Keaton’s gimmick in SHERLOCK, JR., then lets his imagination run free as he did in the best of his NEW YORKER stories. We wind up with the most fascinating and realistic meditation regarding what it is to be an audience, a viewer’s relationship to art, art’s relationship to reality. The triumph is amazing, because, despite the depth of the symbolism, PURPLE ROSE can also be seen as sheer entertainment; on its surface, it is still one of the most entertaining pictures Woody has ever made.
Farrow and Aiello are marvelous here; Mia, who is quite underrated, has only been as good once — in BROADWAY DANNY ROSE. The photography is superb, influenced perhaps by Edward Hopper with generally less obvious light sources.
Splendid, splendid work.
During the Depression, Cecilia escapes her dreadful life and abusive husband by going to the same movie again and again. And little does she know that while she is watching the movie, the movie is also watching her, particularly Tom Baxter, the star of the movie. And in the manner that Cecilia longs to escape into the focus of her own voyeurism, so too does Tom longs to escape into the focus of his, to break out of movie into reality, so he can be with Cecilia.
Their voyeuristic objects are just inverted. She’s watching the screen, completely unwitting that she is being watched. And he is watching out, voyeuristically relishing her voyeurism, knowing she does not realize his ogling. As a result, Woody Allen creates yet an extra metaphysical tier of voyeurism between his own film and us. We too, the watchers watching the film, are made conscious of our own standpoint, and our own urge to bond with the focus of our attention.
It’s as if the visual stare is so compelling as to be essentially boundless and infallible. God and film are equated. Tom can’t fathom the things of the real world, but when Cecilia attempts to explain God to him, Tom equates the description of God with the filmmakers who made his movie. Everything considered, the filmmakers conceived him as a character. They decide the plot of his reality, and they are the conclusive judges of his existence.
Together with this interpretation of unlimited voyeurism, one also sees aspects of Woody’s artistic and creative moral code. By the end, Cecilia has been obligated to decide between her real life and going into the movie eternally: she must decide between reality and fantasy, to be eternally entrenched within the affectedly artful universe of fantasy, where she can become what she wants, live her dreams, and command her fate. But then what is reality if you can indeed control that much?
When Woody every so often makes a movie that departs from his usual formula, I’m doubly pleased. The Purple Rose of Cairo is one of the most brilliantly weaved and most original stories I’ve ever seen on film. It doesn’t even just stop at the inventive and inspired premise. The film manages to arouse every emotion. It’s hilarious, it’s romantic, it’s heartbreaking.
In all, The Purple Rose of Cairo is one of the most effective movies I have ever seen in stimulating one’s sense of imagination and fantasy. I’m getting corny and about now is where I realize that there’s nothing else specific that I can substantially comment on. I mean, the acting is great, the camera-work is fine, et cetera. But it’s inarguably one of Woody Allen’s best films. It’s proof that he is one of the greatest, funniest, and smartest screenwriters.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 22 min (82 min)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Director Woody Allen
Writer Woody Allen
Actors Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 15 wins & 15 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory DeLuxe (prints), DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA (dailies processing) (as Du Art Film Laboratories)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 16 mm, Super 8 (Airline print with optical sound), 35 mm