Lonelyhearts: “Play It Again, Sam” (1972)

aaplay   “Play It Again, Sam”  (1972)

    It would seem like a smart move to begin the film version of Woody Allen’s theatrical opus “Play It Again, Sam” with the airport aaplayOSfinale from”Casablanca”, as the difference in screen image between the heroically noble Rick Blaine and Allen’s slack-jawed Allan Felix immediately establishes the foundation of the psychological dependence based on idolatry with Allen’s movie maven whose relationship failures are methodically italicized when compared to the polished artifice of his Golden Age Hollywood romantic fantasies.

    Much of the film’s humor is derived by emphasizing the drastic gulf between Bogart’s idealized masculine movie persona (who appears periodically to offer what is meant as sage wisdom) and Allen’s fawning but almost pathologically awkward horndog; though this is a conceit which becomes increasingly aaplay2strained when it becomes apparent that the often inconsistent, film noir embellished advice given by the trenchcoated Dear Abby is merely the product of a phantasmagoric apparition solely at the mercy of Allan’s own insecure predispositions toward women; with Bogart’s B-movie philosophizing emanating entirely from Allan’s own inability to operate with confidence with the opposite sex while confusing and altering the admired behavior of his figurative mentor to coincide with Allan’s own romantic shortcomings. 

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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4 Responses to Lonelyhearts: “Play It Again, Sam” (1972)

  1. ghostof82 says:

    I may be in the minority here, but I always adored this movie. I keep looking for it on Blu-ray. Maybe I should be glad I haven’t found it yet, I’d hate this to be one of those films you like less when rewatching it again. At least for now I have fond memories.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I was a fan of Woody as a stand-up, so followed his films avidly. But this one never worked for me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. johnrieber says:

    Oops, meant to leave a longer comment here – you point out many of the film’s problems, and it really bothers me that he so callously beds his best friend’s wife – why? Because he’s not there! It sits really poorly in light of his secret romantic involvement with his stepdaughter while Mia Farrow lived close by…I was a huge Woody Allen fans but many of his films have soured over time for me – this is one of them

  4. johnrieber says:

    Will leave a longer note not he full review page, but this movie is polarizing to me after Allen’s recent problems…great review as always

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