Radio Days

Radio Days

DVD - 1987
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The story of a young man who is bewitched by the radio and of the reality behind the scenes that he cannot see.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c1987
ISBN: 9780792866329
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 RAD NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 30, 2017

Woody Allen’s animated New York lilt narrates this near perfect comedy, a cartoonish autobiography culled from his memories of growing up a poor Jewish kid in Brooklyn. Presented as a series of anecdotes set in the early ‘40s, we follow the misadventures of Allen’s 10-year old alter ego Joe (a very young Seth Green) who shares a modest walk-up with a colourful extended family that includes his lovingly quarrelsome parents and perpetually lovestruck aunt Bea (Dianne Wiest). Anchored by a couple of historical turning points, Allen employs a heady mix of nostalgia and magical realism to bring his recollections to vibrant life---and uniting everyone at every level are the ubiquitous radio sets glowing in every corner as they pour out gossip, melodrama, and a non-stop parade of golden pop songs. Rightfully nominated for the best Art and Set Design Oscar, "Radio Days" painstakingly recreates New York City during the Big Band Era with glowing neon billboards and kitschy nightclubs aswirl with haute couture (or plain cotton dresses and gingham tablecloths for the less hoity-toity) and a host of surprise cameos keep the party going—Kenneth Mars as a truculent rabbi and a very brief stint by Diane Keaton as a torch singer immediately come to mind. Warm and gauzy, this is one Woody Allen film that will make you pine for the good old days no matter when you were born. “Forgive me if I romanticize the past…” states Woody during the opening monologue and rarely has a director been in less need of absolution. Julie Kavner, Jeff Daniels, and Danny Aiello also star.

MargeBouvier Aug 12, 2014

Have to disagree - Maybe because it was my first Woody Allen Movie, but I loved this movie! I still remember some of the hilarious lines in it - definitely a classic! It's like Woody's childhood, in comedy form, of course. I only wish my library had it!

Aug 26, 2011

Never came together for me. I was really looking forward to this one but, like with all Woody Allen films, you either love'em or hate'em.

There's a great cast, but none shine. The era is fantastic, but done better elsewhere (Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs).

Fondest memory: Mia Farrow's voice changing. Oh, and the "Relaxx" song that she sings. ;-)

But, in the end, I don't think it worth the time. Sorry Woody.

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