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A Film Greats Extra: Woody Allen’s ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ (1996)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Edwin Pereyra, Aug 19, 2001.

  1. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Well-Known Member

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    While talking to someone here about films that might qualify for my Film Greats series, this title was mentioned. I don’t know how I missed this one considering the director and cast involved, but I did. Released in late 1996 for an Oscar qualifying run, it only made less than $10M in its entire run ending in early 1997. I have to admit that when I first heard that Edward Norton, Tim Roth (Planet Of The Apes), and Julia Roberts sing in this movie, I was a little bit skeptical. That opening musical number where Norton sings to Drew Barrymore was a little hard to take at first but I warmed up to it after a while.
    The entire film is a tribute to the musicals of yesteryears with Woody Allen’s usual story about the complications of human love. Allen succeeds in giving us a film that is both hilarious and witty (maybe, even one of his best). Some of the musical numbers may not be refined or polished as they should be with some of the choreography appearing haphazardly done. But one overlooks these minor details and instead concentrates on the complete whole. The film is also beautifully shot with locations in New York, Paris and Venice. The rest of the cast includes Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn and Natalie Portman, among others.
    While Everyone Says I Love You may not be a “great” film in the literal meaning of the word, it is nonetheless, very highly entertaining. Some of the dialogues are well-executed and well-written and the one liners are truly funny. What a primer for Allen’s next film opening this coming weekend, Curse Of The Jade Scorpion.
    But I do have to give credit where credit is due. This film was suggested to me by Tino. Okay, Tino, you are now absolved of your prior questionable recommendations, which includes Chocolat and another “musical” which shall remain nameless. [​IMG] Yes, the missus enjoyed it too. Much fun for a Saturday evening.
    Woody Allen: ”Tell me this is a joke. Otherwise, there’s gonna be carnage.
    ~Edwin
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    Finally! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I fell completely in love with this film the momemt I saw it. You could say it's sort of a precurser to Moulin Rouge.
    I thought all the off key singing by the actors added to the wonderful charm of the entire film.
    Add to that Woody Allen's sharp wit and dialog and you have one of the funniest, most original films of his career.
    Of all his films, Everyone Says I Love You is my favorite.
    Tino in his best off key singing voice..*cough* *cough*,..."I'm through with love, I'll never love again..." [​IMG]
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    For whatever reason, I hadn't seen this until a few months ago. It was the last film to play at Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival back in April. What a delightful way to finish the festival! I'm not sure where I'd put it in a list of Woody's best films, but it would be in the upper portion.
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    I guess I might have been the only one to see this one in the theater. While it's not a great film, it is definately enjoyable. I'm just not sure about Woody singing though!
    Of course, I'm definately looking forward to seeing Curse of the Jade Scorpion.
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    Yes! Defiantely a great movie. Very very funny.
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  7. Edwin Pereyra

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    It is too bad that the DVD of this film is from Miramax, which means a bare bones disc that is non-anamorphic. I for one, am hoping that this title is revisited someday.
    ~Edwin
     
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    Add to that the fact that it is presented in MONO! Was that how it was released in theaters? I could have sworn it was at least in Dolby Stereo.
    An SE would be very nice.
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  9. AdrianJ

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    Erg. IMDB does not list what the original sound was, but being a Woody Allen Film, I wouldn't doubt that the original was mono. I seem to recall seeing it in theaters in mono, but it's been 5 years, so maybe I'm mistaken.
    Also, the laserdisc was done in mono.
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    I have been dying to check out the inspiration for this movie: Peter Bogdanovich's much-maligned 1975 musical "At Long Last Love" starring Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn, and Cybill Shepherd. Bogdanovich was also doing the spontaneous take on the musical and recorded the sound live as opposed to lip-synching from a clean studio track. The film was savaged upon release, but I understand it's gained a cult following since then and is credited as inspiring "Everyone Says I Love You".
    Sadly the film, has NEVER been released on VHS, LD, or any other home video format. It's a FOx film and I wish they'd release it on DVD or at least license it to someone like Anchor BAy who might be able to make it work as a cult release.
    Has anyone here seen this film? I am a pretty big Bogdanovich fan and it's the only film of his I haven't been able to track down. The more I read about this movie, the more intrigued I am to see it.
     
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