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CULTURE | 26.09.2016

Movie Night: Café Society by Woody Allen

At no other place do glory, insignificance, illusion and reality lie as close together as in Hollywood. Fascinated by this world, many try to follow the same path as their idols, embarking on a more or less aimless search for the American dream. The desire to be part of this dazzling dream factory also seizes the young Bobby – played by Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me). The timing to advance one’s own career could hardly be better: With the beginning of the 1930s, the film industry has reached its peak.

Having grown up in the Bronx, the young man, however, simply lacks the necessary connections, and glitz and glamour are quickly receding into the distance. It is Bobby’s uncle Phil, a successful agent, who eventually serves as his springboard. With the help of Phil’s contacts, Bobby dares the big move —and falls in love with none other than his uncle’s secretary Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Together with her he goes to fancy parties and is suddenly surrounded by crowds of beautiful, successful people. His dream seems about to come true.

But soon Bobby must face the truth of what lies behind the scenes. The apparent immaculate facade of the film metropolis begins to crumble, and Hollywood shows its true – and at times ugly – face. Nevertheless, Woody Allen’s Café Society is by no means a depressing drama; its serious undertone is garnished with plenty of wit and charm. So if you end up reaching for a tissue, more likely than not it’ll be for tears of laughter.