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Interiors (1978)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 5, 2000

Budget $10,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

Studio United Artists

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• Interiors
• Innenleben (1978)

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Genre: Drama, Infidelity, Psychodrama, Marriage, Coming Of Age, Love Triangle, Mental Illness

Plot: After the tremendous success of ANNIE HALL, Woody Allen took a huge risk and turned serious with INTERIORS, his Bergmanesque masterpiece--a dark, intense look at a family suffocating itself in thoughts of failure and death. Geraldine Page is extraordinary as Eve, a troubled woman who cannot face reality. When Eve's husband, Arthur (E.G. Marshall), announces that he's moving out of the house, their three daughters (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt, and Kristin Griffith) gather around the mother, attempting to help her through this crisis, but they have been raised with such coldness and aloofness that they are helpless.

The first movie that Allen wrote and directed but did not appear in, INTERIORS is about closed spaces, both physical and psychological. Most of the scenes feature the intense cast standing by windows, looking out at the world that is going on outside without them. The opening shot of Renata (Keaton) reaching out to the window, spreading her fingers, is mesmerizing. Gordon Willis's photography washes the film in shades of black, white, and gray--the only color comes from Pearl (Maureen Stapleton), Arthur's new lover, who is vibrant and impulsive, everything Eve's family is not. The film also has no background music whatsoever; in fact, aside from one scene in which

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 Directed by
Woody Allen
Match Point, Everyone Says I Love You, Bullets Over Broadway
 Written by
Woody Allen
Don't Drink the Water, Annie Hall, Antz
Diane Keaton
The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The Godfather: Part III
Sam Waterston
The Killing Fields, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Serial Mom
Kristin Griffith
King of the Hill, Revolution #9, The Long Way Home
Mary Beth Hurt
Bringing Out the Dead, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Family Man
Richard Jordan
The Hunt for Red October, Dune, Gettysburg
E.G. Marshall
12 Angry Men, Christmas Vacation, Superman II
Geraldine Page
The Rescuers, White Nights, The Beguiled
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