The Purple Rose of Cairo

by Toby Woollaston

Seema and I watched the The Purple Rose of Cairo on the weekend.  Having last seen Woody Allen’s classic when it was released some 25 years ago, I thought it was worth a revisit.  I was also keen to see how closely this film followed Pirandello’s play Six Characters in Search of an Author (having brieifly studied it a couple of years back) to which it draws its inspiration from. Seema and I had enjoyed Allen’s latest release Midnight in Paris, so I was fairly confident that she’d enjoy this.  If I was to compare The Purple Rose of Cairo to any other film then Midnight in Paris comes up trumps in almost every way.  The film has not aged a bit, and had it been released today I’m sure it would sit comfortably among present releases, The Artist, Midnight in Paris, and the like, trending with its meta-film language and fourth wall breaking that is presently popular.  If you haven’t seen this film … go and see it.