September, the 16th movie Woody Allen Directed, opens with a push in shot of the interior of a home.
Then, we hear two people – a man and a woman – speaking French.
The two people are revealed to be Howard (Denholm Elliott) and Stephanie (Dianne Wiest), sitting on a couch. Howard is teaching Stephanie the language.
According to its entry on IMDB, this is what September is about:
At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who’s in a relationship with Peter, who’s falling for Stephanie, who’s married with children.
Sounds like typical Woody Allen.
It’s a great cast, one that includes some of my favorite actors:
Denholm Elliott (1922–1992) … Howard
Dianne Wiest (1948- ) … Stephanie
Mia Farrow (1945- ) … Lane
Elaine Stritch (1925- ) … Diane
Sam Waterston (1940- ) … Peter
Jack Warden (1920-2006) … Lloyd
I wasn’t familiar with Elaine Stritch prior to September. So I looked her up. Here’s what her bio says about her:
A brash, incorrigible scene-stealer now entering her sixth decade in a career that has had many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch certainly lives up to the Stephen Sondheim song “I’m Still Here”. Having stolen so many moments on stage that she could be convicted of grand larceny, this tough old broad broaching 80 with the still-shapely legs, puffy blonde hairdo and deep, whiskey voice isn’t quitting anytime soon – or so it seems.
Why haven’t I seen her in anything else? Born in 1925 in Detroit, Elaine was Continue reading