Manhattan – Radio Days – tape 1644

First on this tape is a widescreen presentation of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, from Sky Movies Gold. I’ve looked at this film before, so I won’t go over it again.

After this, recording switches to BBC2 for another Allen film, Radio Days. It’s one of his later, still funny ones.

It’s a meandering, episodic film, filled with appearances from Allen’s favourite actors.

Allen narrates the film as a memoir of growing up, and his younger self is played by Seth Green, with Julie Kavner and LA Law’s Michael Tucker as his parents.

Seth Green Michael Tucker Julie Kavner

Mia Farrow is a struggling actress who makes good after taking elocution lessons, and Wallace Shawn is the voice of the Masked Avanger.

Mia Farrow Wallace Shawn

Tony Roberts, from long ago, pops up as a radio host, with Dianne Wiest winning a prize thanks to her knowledge of fish.

Tony Roberts and Dianne Wiest

Even Diane Keaton does a turn singing a song.

Diane Keaton

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 2nd April 1994 – 19:45

There’s a trail for Programmes for Easter on BBC2, then the start of Arena Relics, with an episode called Curse of the Firebeetle. This runs for a few minutes, then recording stops, and underneath there’s a film, with Elliot Gould and George Segal that I’m guessing is Robert Altman’s California Split. How odd there’s another leading man with a damaged nose, so soon after Chinatown.

Elliot Gould

The tape ends during this film.


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