BROADWAY DANNY ROSE (1984)
Woody Allen’s marvelous tribute to everything he has ever liked reminds us of what we like about him.
You might think a Woody Allen film is an unlikely pick for a movie you’re supposed to never have seen. Surely, one of the most prolific filmmakers of his generation doesn’t belong in a column about forgotten masterpieces. Maybe so. But even with the buzz over Midnight in Paris, his latest cinematic comeback, it’s well-known that the Wood-man’s movies do not traditionally set the box office on fire, while, in fact, a lot of his post-Manhattan 1980’s work could fall under the heading of underappreciated gems, like Another Woman, Alice, Zelig and The Purple Rose of Cairo. It’s hard to argue against Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors being Allen’s most accomplished works of that decade, but many of the “smaller” titles from that time have joys all their own, and none more so than Broadway Danny. So maybe it’s not one you’ve never seen. See it again, then. It’s great.