December 5, 2012, @ 8:00 pm
(Woody Allen, US 1985, 82 min.)
New Dryden. While sitting in a Jersey movie theater, escaping the Depression through yet another viewing of The Purple Rose of Cairo, something strange happens to unhappy housewife Cecilia (Mia Farrow): male lead Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels) steps straight off the screen and into her life. Soon, other characters try to make the same exit, and actor Gil Shepherd (Daniels again) is called in from the coast to set things right. One of Woody Allen’s most beloved and original films, The Purple Rose of Cairo is both a heartbreaking look at the difference between fantasy and reality and a bittersweet acknowledgment of the movies’ ability to give succor.