DVD Celebrity [DVD] [Widescreen] [1999] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 11690),
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Celebrity [DVD] [Widescreen] [1999] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: November 20, 1998. Filmed on location in New York City. The film opened the 1998 New York Film Festival on September 25, 1998. The film played the Venice Film Festival on September 10, 1998. Talking about the film, Woody Allen said, "The celebrity aspect--being recognized, autographs--remains for me discomforting and a little embarrassing. I'm not graceful with it." The film features cameos by Donald Trump, Karen Duffy, Allison Janney, Patti D'Arbanville, Donna Hanover, Frederique, J.K. Simmons, Debra Messing, Dayle Haddon, Bruce Jay Friedman, Erica Jong, Roshumba Williams, Marian Seldes, Sam Rockwell, and Julie Halston, among others. Douglas McGrath, who cowrote BULLETS OVER BROADWAY with Allen, makes a cameo appearance as well. The soundtrack includes music by Jackie Gleason and His Orchestra, Erroll Garner, Liberace, Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The high school reunion band played Don McLean's "American Pie" and the Grateful Dead's "Truckin'." The film includes references to CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, DUEL IN THE SUN, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN, and THE BIRTH OF A NATION. In the scene in which Brandon (Leonardo DiCaprio) fights with his girlfriend in the hotel room, on the television is an episode of GERALDO! that featured Joe and Mary Jo Buttafuoco. The name of the show Robin does is MANHATTAN MOODS. Anthony Mason, a former member of Woody Allen's beloved Knicks, plays himself in the film. Aida Turturro and Tony Sirico each play small roles in the film; they were later to star together in THE SOPRANOS. The name of the film Nicole Oliver (Melanie Griffith) is starring in is THE LIQUIDATOR; the opening of the film takes place at the Ziegfeld Theater. When Leo admits to Bonnie (Famke Janssen) that he has met someone else, he is wearing a Yale sweatshirt, perhaps a reference to the character Yale played by Michael Murphy in MANHATTAN, who was cheating on his wife.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17249

  • Credits
    Joe Mantegna, Kenneth Branagh, Charlize Theron, Bebe Neuwirth, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo Di Caprio, Winona Ryder, Hank Azaria, Melanie Griffith, Famke Janssen, Famke Janssn, Michael Lerner, Gretchen Mol, Isaac Mizrahi, Andre Gregory, Greg Mottola, Dylan Baker
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] keenly observant spoof of the fame game..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Allen's surest instincts about the title subject are at work in the high-profile cast....[DiCaprio ends up] juicing the movie with a welcome power surge..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[Allen] wields a double-edged satirical scalpel when it comes to the pretensions of the beautiful and famous..."
    Film Comment

    "...Mr. Allen shows a keenly acerbic eye for the scene he sets..."
    New York Times

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