Woody Allen shows he still has it with 'Café Society'
Woody Allen shows he still has it with 'Café Society'. Image credit: Hollywood Reporter

Written and directed by Woody Allen, Café Society is a bittersweet romance film set in 1930 where Bobby Dorfman moves from New York City to Hollywood where he falls in love with Vonnie.

The film features stars such as Jesse Eisenberg (Bobby Dorfman), Kristen Stewart (Vonnie), Steve Carell (Phil Stern), Jeannie Berlin (Rose Dorfman), Parker Posey (Rad Taylor), Corey Stoll (Ben Dorfman), and more.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016, where it was selected to open the festival. The film also served as an opening movie at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 19, 2016, and it was a closing night film of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The film was produced by Perdido Productions Studio and is in theaters since July 15, with an 85 minutes runtime.

The post-depression America inspired Allen for Café Society 

During the 30’s, America is recovering from the great depression and Bobby leaves his Jewish family in New York to go to the west coast where he starts working for his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), and he meets his assistant Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Vonnie, although romantically undisposed, enjoys Bobby’s company.

After spending some time together, Bobby falls in love with Vonnie who is still unavailable because she already has a boyfriend. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, Bobby tries to seize the opportunity to seduce her without success. 

The following act introduces a heartbroken Bobby moving back to New York where he helps his gangster brother running a nightclub. During this job, Bobby shows his natural talent to run the place making the nightclub one of the best in town. 

For a brief moment, everything seems to be going smooth for Bobby until that one day when Vonnie goes to New York and visit his nightclub.

The film has received overall good reviews from critics and web pages. When it was reviewed on July 23, 2016, by Metacritic the film scored a 65 out of 100, leading to favorable reviews from 32 critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an approval rating of 75% over 115 reviews. Most reviewers hailed the visuals and the stunning performances in the movie.

Woody Allen is working on a new TV show for Amazon executives 

Regarding Woody Allen’s upcoming work, he is going to release a new series along with Amazon Studios. Allen will write, direct and act in this new half-hour series, being the first time he does this for a tv show.

The show will feature a cast with Woody Allen, Miley Cyrus, Elaine May, John Magaro, Becky Ann Baker, Michael Rapaport and Rachel Brosnahan.

The show will premiere later this year, and it will have only one season since Allen said that making progress was tough and that he has regretted every second since he took the job.

The new project will be set in 1950, andT will only be available on Amazon video in America, The United Kingdom, and Germany. 

Source: Cafe Society