Starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carrell and Blake Lively, and beautifully shot by legendary director of photography Vittorio Storaro whose credits include such iconic films as Apocalypse Now, The Conformist, The Last Emperor, Reds, etc; Woody Allen’s latest is a whimsical romantic comedy set in 1930s Hollywood, amidst the pretentious parties and backroom gossip of studio executives and A-list stars.
Setting out to find his fortune, Bobby (Eisenberg) moves away from his childhood home in the Bronx to find work with his uncle Phil (Carrell) in Los Angeles. A Hollywood hot shot, Phil knows everyone from Greta Garbo to Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and William Powell. Bobby takes a job running errands for his uncle and before long begins to develop feelings for a young woman named Vonnie (Stewart). There’s just one hitch. Of all the men in Hollywood she could be dating, Vonnie is seeing Phil. Glowing with lustrous classicism, CAFE SOCIETY lovingly revives 1930s L.A. in all its art deco glory. And against this sumptuous backdrop, Allen’s romance mixes comedy with pathos to explore as much about what keeps couples apart as about what draws them together.
(USA / 2016 / Directed by Woody Allen)
PG-13 / 85 mins.