Purple Rose

Today in Movie History: March 1

We’ve got a couple of favorites today. First up: the 1973 animated adaptation of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, about a little gray spider who teaches a sweet pig named Wilbur about life, death and being good to others. If it doesn’t make you weep like a child at the end every time, I’m not sure I want to know you.

I’ve always approached Woody Allen’s movies with a little bit of trepidation — for a number of reasons — but that doesn’t apply to The Purple Rose of Cairo, his marvelous ode to love for the movies and as quietly heartbreaking a film as Charlotte’s Web in its own way. Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels combine to play one of the most unique love triangles you’ll ever see, and Allen’s trademark verbal wit finds far more potent subject matter than the self-absorbed neurosis he usually indulges in. The Purple Rose of Cairo opened today in 1985.



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