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Broadway Danny Rose

July 12, 2014

Last night I was watched a film called Broadway Danny Rose. It’s a Woody Allen film with a 100% rating on Rottentomatoes. I think the 100% rating might have raised my expectations which led me to think several times during the film ‘when is it going to get really good’? It was not a film that I would have rated 100%. Yes, it’s a good film or actually nevermind it is a great film because I woke up this morning (the morning after) and was still thinking about it. That usually means that it had something in it which hit a cord with me.

I think the aspect of the film which was able to hit a deep cord for me was how Danny Rose even though success seemed to bypass him repeatedly he didn’t seem to let it get to him. There is this scene where Mia Farrow’s character is saying something along the lines of you’ve got to take what you can because life is short and something about how you can’t let guilt get to you. Woody Allen’s response is to quote his uncle’s motto Acceptance Forgiveness and Love.

That scene is when Tina visits Woody’s small, unimpressive apartment. A lot seems to be happening in that scene. Its in this scence that we along with Tina learn more about who Woody really is. In other words we come to realise just how much of a loser Woody really is. We find out he has never been married. His (possibly only) girlfriend left him for someone else. The paint is pealing on the walls and mostly importantly and possibly the main point is that a sensual and attractive woman like Tina finds the place dull and pitiful. What is great is that during this conversation Danny remains positive about Tina and is even encouraging her to be more confident in her decorating work. She has basically said that he is a loser and he says that well the great thing about this business is that at anytime you can become successful and famous. Woody’s character has HOPE regardless of the track record of his life so far. There is no reason for him to have hope. He has many reasons to be negative chiefly of which is the way in which people around him like Tina and his clients, for whom he works so hard, leave him once they start to get some fame.

But regardless of all this negativity he not negative or bitter. Another thing Tina says to him is why don’t you do this place up and he’s like well I don’t have people come over. I liked the film because it showed how many of us live. We don’t have friends coming over. Where we live is not impressive, tidy or in any way enticing to the kinds women we wish we could be with. But the film seems to say keep loving and forgiving people. Somehow it through his forgiveness and love that he manages to get the hot blonde. He gets the girl because he is able to accept his life and also because he forgives. Firstly he is able to accept who he is and what his life is. He doesn’t try to protect himself and make himself look macho to Tina when she sees his apartment. He seems to have accepted that he is a loser but he still has hope that possibly things could get better. The forgiveness part comes in when he is able to forgive her for the way she treated him. Or if you want to draw it in even further for the way the world, people, clients, friends and women have treated him. His ability to forgive and not let their negativity get to him led him to win. It’s a beautiful story especially if you are a person who finds themselves on the” L” instead of the “W” side of the spectrum of life.

Another scene I liked was where he is having to move into a hotel and clearly doesn’t have the money to do this as he keeps saying that I am already paying for my apartment. His puts belongings in a crumpled (paper) bag which looks so pathetic. As if to show us that all Danny Rose has can fit into one dirty, used and crumpled bag. Or maybe he is the paper bag. The Director could have easily let him take his clothes etc in a suitcase or shoulder bag but he doesn’t. I think that is on purpose.
Some of the quotes which I find funny, interesting or just liked for no particular reason are

May I interject one statement at this juncture? And I don’t mean to be didactic or facetious in any way…

You know what my philosophy of life is? That it’s important to have some laughs, but you gotta suffer a little too, because otherwise you miss the whole point to life.

Danny: My rabbi, Rabbi Perlstein, used to say we’re all guilty in the eyes of God
Tina: Do you believe in God?
Danny: No, no. But I’m guilty over it.
you gotta look in the mirror and you gotta say your three S’s: star, smile, strong!

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