Monday, August 8, 2016

"Café Society"

We visit three movie palaces in Woody Allen's "Café Society" (Lionsgate, 2016). When Bronx native Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) comes to Hollywood he goes to see the sights after he can't get in to see his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a big-time agent). We get a nice pan down the pagoda at Grauman's Chinese to find Eisenberg admiring the hand and foot prints of Gloria Swanson. The time is the 30s -- in the forecourt posters are out for "Swing Time."

Later Bobby gets acquainted with Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), Phil's secretary. We get a similar pan down the facade of the Vista Theatre, where Bobby and Vonnie have gone to see Barbara Stanwyck in "The Woman In Red."

Our third visit happens as our narrator mentions something about "Hollywood movie palaces" and we get this nice shot down an opulent Moorish lobby nothing like anything in Hollywood. We're actually at Loew's 175th St. in New York.

On IMDb: "Café Society"

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