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Film: Stardust Memories
Stardust Memories is a 1980 Woody Allen film starring Allen, Charlotte Rampling, and Jessica Harper, in which Allen plays a neurotic director struggling to survive a career retrospective being held in his honor, all while dealing with studio executives who are demanding a new, happier ending to his bleak new film. Allen considers this film to be his favorite.

Not to be confused with Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory or the manga of the same name.

This film contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Bi: It's strongly hinted that Daisy is bisexual.
  • Author Avatar: Sandy Bates is pretty much Allen. In fact, it's strongly hinted that Bates is a character played by Allen, who is As Himself in the final scene after the film had been screened.
  • Creator Breakdown: Sandy is suffering from a severe one.
  • Darker and Edgier: Sandy wants to make "serious" films.
  • Denser and Wackier: The film gets much stranger as it goes on.
  • Executive Meddling: An in-universe example - the executives want to give Sandy's latest film a happier ending.
  • Parallel Porn Title: The Simpsons had Bart and Milhouse watching Stardust Mammaries on adult cable in one episode.
  • Reality Subtext: This film was Allen's last with United Artists, presumably because they acted very much like the executives in the film. Beyond that, Allen has long insisted that the film does not reflect his mental state at the time that he made it.
  • Sanity Slippage: Over the course of the film, we see Sandy and Dorrie's relationship falling apart. Towards the end, there's a montage of Dorrie's increasingly neurotic statements.
  • Shout-Out: Sandy takes Daisy to see The Bicycle Thief.
  • Take That: A lot of fans for a long while took the film as a slap in their face because of the way Allen portrayed his fans - then they loved it as Self-Deprecation.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Daisy is cute, but it's not-too-subtly implied that she has a lot of issues.
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