Big Screen Classics

RADIO DAYS

Director Woody Allen
Year 1987
Starring Mia Farrow, Michael Tucker, Julie Kavner, Dianne Wiest
Rating PG
Run Time 88min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

Nothing took the level of talent and precision that recording songs off of the radio once did. You would wait all day for the one song you wanted, finger poised above your boom-box, hoping the DJ didn’t talk over the good parts and you had enough room on your blank cassette. These mix tapes became snapshots of your life at that time. Woody Allen wasn’t making mini music collections, but his relationship with the radio stars of the Golden Age of Radio no doubt trigger memories in the same way. Stories of the great radio programs are intertwined with his childhood memories growing up in Rockaway, New York. Off-beat anecdotes are intertwined with family fights, religious holidays, and first dates, making the voices coming across the airwaves as much a part of his life as his family members. Perhaps the most fun are the stories that let us peek into the lives of these “celebrities,” giving faces to the faceless.

Screening on 35mm film.

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