Stardust Memories (1980)

Stardust Memories (1980), written and directed by Woody Allen.

Allen's homage to Fellini's 8½ (1963), or something like it. It is more broadly comic, less intimately autobiographical than the original. Fellini's situations and characters are actually pretty "natural" in their fantasy, where Allen's are a more exaggerated display.

Hard to review because anything you might say has already been satirized in the film. I remember irritation from critics at being preemptively lampooned, to which I say: get a sense of humor. This is probably my favorite Allen film.

Some of this is obviously taken from his life, as when everyone raves about his "earlier funny films", but I wouldn't otherwise presume he is enacting himself here. Always putting himself with beautiful women: he knows it's funny, but neither can he stop.

The women:

Photographed by Gordon Willis. Rich old-time jazz score.

Available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time, although it doesn't have their logo or usual extras, so I think they must just distribute this title.