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‘Cafe Society’ Is Woody Allen’s “Novel on Film”

"I wanted to do kind of a novel on film, about a family and the relationships of the members toward one another, and the protagonist's love relationship."

Cafe Society, which will open at the Cannes Film Festival, is Woody Allen’s 47th film. The movie is about a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) who travels to 1930s Hollywood and lands a job with a big agent (Steve Carell).

“I wanted to do kind of a novel on film, about a family and the relationships of the members toward one another, and the protagonist’s love relationship,” Allen tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I wanted it to have the structure of a novel, so I could move around and dwell on various members of the family. That’s why I narrated it because I was sort of the writer of the novel that you were experiencing when you saw the film.”

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