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The Power of Illusion Many messages can be derived from Woody Allens 1984 success Purple Rose of Cairo It is easy to see that this is one of Allens more subdued films and for good reason He is truly keeping with the 1930s code of moral decency by using overly tame ideas and actions throughout the movie An example is when Tom challenges Gil to a fight and gets beaten up because he expects Gil to play fair This moral statement although somewhat of a parody shows us that it is possible to be brought into a totally different era the 1930s and genre fantasy and still have something to think about after having watched the movie The ending of the film is one that has come as a surprise and disappointment to many viewers Cecilia is left abandoned by both Tom and Gil It seems like a disappointment but it leaves a very strong statement Allen is saying that the setting of his constant clichs is just a movie as well He is taking us out of not just the romantic illusions he is deflating in the film within the film but also this movies romantic illusion to us Its his moral reminder to us that no matter what expectations we might have of characters on a screen that happy endings dont always work out in real life Although it is disappointing it needs to be said The Purple Rose of Cairo is quite balanced with its messages Allen deftly creates multiple themes and thoughts on film and its relation to reality without ever harming the story but also makes the two work hand-in-hand By having a reason for Tom to walk off the screen he creates a fantastically leveled fable on life and how film can truly affect it Allen is also very responsible about it If taken out of hand film can cause people to blur reality with the fictitious which is
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