Broadway Danny Rose

by Andrew Abbott

Woody Allen, USA, 1984, 84 minutes

One of Allen's very best, this has a new version of his usual neurotic character in Danny Rose, the greatest New York theatrical agent ever seen. For stories, that is. Specialising in acts which no one else will touch (such as blind xylophone players) he feels his breakthrough is just around the corner in the shape of Italian crooner Lou Canova. It's not that simple of course, and before long romantic tragedy and the mob get involved.

The music is wonderful, the black and white photography of New York is perfect, and the performances of Allen (drowned in a series of too big chequered jackets) and Mia Farrow are hilarious. Farrow particularly is angry like she is rarely given the opportunity to be, and with the glasses she is wearing, really pulls it off.

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