‘Cassandra’s Dream‘ is the 37th film written and directed by Woody Allen.
It marks Woody Allen’s third film in a row in London. It’s another serious morality tale – with not a hint of Allen’s wit on show. Featuring original score, it iss an intense and bizarre film – that ultimately doesn’t work.
Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor star as Terry and Ian, two brothers with big dreams. Terry is a gambler who is heading for inevitable trouble while Ian is an ambitious social climber. When they both find themselves in desperate need to money, they ask their rich Uncle Howard (Tom Wilkinson) for a favour. But Howard has a favour to ask himself.
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- Originally, Allen planned to shoot a film in Paris starring David Krumholtz and Michelle Williams. When the funding fell through, he decided to make this film. The Paris project ended up being Midnight In Paris.
- This is the first film of Allen’s since Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid To Ask) to have an original score. The score was composed by the legendary Philip Glass.
- The story is thematically similar Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s The Brothers Karamazov.
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- This was Allen’s third film in a row shot in London.
I saw this movie late one night and was surprised to learn at the end that it was a Woody Allen movie. Maybe because it is set in London with a non-American cast and none of his regulars, it doesn’t seem like a Woody Allen film. Second viewing I noticed similarities to Crimes and Misdemeanors thematically.
I liked the suspense and the drama and thought the performances delivered by Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor pretty decent. I would have never thought I would see these particular actors in a Woody Allen film which, I suppose, added to the pleasure of watching them in this story.
Film score by Philip Glass was also unusual but perfect for creating the atmosphere of two brothers who lose all sense of morality and propriety.