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Interiors (Blu-ray)
Twilight Time // PG // February 14, 2017 // Region Free
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted March 9, 2017 | E-mail the Author
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Interiors style="">is the first of the straight-dramas from
acclaimed filmmaker Woody Allen (Annie
Hall
, Midnight in Paris, To Rome With
Love
). Though Allen is more
known for comedies and dramas with strong comedic undertones this film
marked
the first effort that was a serious drama which departed from his
comedic
roots. It is executive produced by Robert Greenhut (Annie
Hall
, Big) and it
is produced by Charles H. Joffe (Vicky
Cristina Barcelona
, Match Point) and
Jack Rollins (Midnight in Paris, Blue
Jasmine
).


The story revolves around
a family and it's
daughters as they deals with surprising events after their father
Arthur (E.G.
Marshall) starts to divorce their mother Eve (Geraldine Page). Eve is a
perfectionist who has worked as both an attorney and as a interior
decorator (she
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She starts to suffer from a breakdown
following the divorce. Arthur starts to see Pearl (Maureen Stapleton),
a woman
that is in most respects the opposite of Eve. Each of the daughters has
to deal
with their parents' divorce proceedings in their own way.


Renata (Diane Keaton), style=""> the oldest
of the three daughters, is a successful poet who is renowned for her
writing. Joey
(Mary Beth Hurt) is the middle-child. She moves between several
different careers
as she has worked as an actor, as a photographer, and as someone who
has takes
on other "temporary" endeavors. She is struggling to find a way to be
an artist but she doesn't know what to say with her art. She moves
between jobs
as she has no clear idea what she wants other than a need to be an
artist. Flyn
(Kristin Griffith), the youngest of the daughters, is a television star
who
feels her success has been because of her looks and nothing more. Flyn
seeks
more out of her life and isn't happy with the course of her career.


Then there are the men in the
women's lives:  Frederick (Richard Jordon),
is a novelist who
isn't well known and has little acclaim. He is married to Renata. Her
success
as a poet makes him a jealous husband as he isn't able to find similar
success.
Joey is married to the mild mannered Mike (Sam Waterston). Flyn isn't
seeing
anyone but begins a flirtation with Frederick.


The performances by the cast are
impressive. Each actor delivers a
unique performance that aids the film's strong ensemble effort. Diane
Keaton is
especially impressive with a fantastic and emotionally layered
performance. Mary
Beth Hurt electrifies with her unique performance.  Kristin
Griffith delivers a rewarding performance  as
well.


The production design by Mel Bourne
(Manhattan, The Fisher King)
impresses with quality set designs and production aesthetics. The
cinematography
by Gordon Willis (The Godfather, The
Godfather: Part 2
, Annie Hall) is different from
his usual
work (which helped him to be known as the "prince of darkness" amongst
Hollywood). Interiors isn't as dark
as his signature style but it's beautifully shot and it has great
outdoor lighting:
a worthy effort from the cinematographer.  The
costumes designed by Joel Schumacher (costume
designer of Allen's Sleeper and director
of Batman and Robin) work well for
these characters.


Written and directed by Woody Allen
(Hannah and Her Sisters, Annie
Hall
, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple
Rose of Cairo
), Interiors is Allen's attempt at
making a
"serious picture." It focuses on dramatic storytelling and only
occasionally relies on using a comedic tone. This notably is one of
Allen's
only films in his entire career to not emphasis comedy.


The entire story is told in the
style of Ingmar Bergman. The film is in
part a tribute to the work of the legendary filmmaker (who Allen cites
as a primary
influence on his work). Yet the film also represents Allen trying his
hand at a
serious drama for the first time.  Allen
brings forth exceptional performances from the cast and proves himself
a
capable dramatist.


Interiorsstyle=""> is a film all about the struggles of artists
and about the questions that surround the human experience. The film's
primary
characters are largely artistic (or want to be) and each struggle to
understand
their place in the world as well as how their art may play a role (if
any).
While the film offers few answers, Allen has crafted a thoughtful film
which
will leave viewers with much to ponder.


The Blu-ray:style="">


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Video:


Interiors style="">arrives on Blu-ray
from Twilight Time with a quality 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded presentation
in the
original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio. The film looks
naturally
filmic with fine film grain left intact. Details are solid throughout
the
presentation. This is a pleasing, high bit-rate encoding which
preserves the
cinematography by Gordon Willis.


Audio:


The film is presented in English
1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio mono audio. This
is a quality lossless audio presentation which preserves the original
sound
design of the film. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. The
selection of
jazz music featured throughout the  film
sounds nice as well.


Subtitles are provided in English
SDH (for the deaf and hard of
hearing).
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Extras:


Booklet featuring an essay by Twilight Time's
Julie Kirgo.


Theatrical Trailer


Final Thoughts:


Interiors style="">is a film that surprised many of Woody Allen's
biggest fans when it was first released. It's not hard to see why. It's
one of
his most serious dramas and there isn't much comedy in the film at all.
However, it's a strong effort in Allen's filmography with great
performances by
a strong ensemble cast. It's a story about art and the human condition.
It's a
thoughtful and introspective work from one of cinema's great directors
and it
should not be overlooked.


Highly Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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