|Directed by||Woody Allen|
|Produced by||Charles H. Joffe|
|Written by||Woody Allen|
Mary Beth Hurt
E. G. Marshall
|Edited by||Ralph Rosenblum|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Featured performers are Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, Diane Keaton, E. G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton and Sam Waterston.
Page received a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. The film received four other Oscar nominations, two for Allen's screenplay and direction, one for Stapleton as Best Actress in a Supporting Role and another for Mel Bourne and Daniel Robert for their art direction and set decoration. It is Allen's first fully-fledged film in the drama genre.
The film centers around the three children of Arthur (E. G. Marshall), a corporate attorney, and Eve (Geraldine Page), an interior decorator. Renata (Diane Keaton) is a poet whose husband Frederick, a struggling writer, feels eclipsed by her success. Flyn (Kristin Griffith) is a vain actress who is away most of the time filming; the low quality of her films is an object of ridicule behind her back. Joey (Mary Beth Hurt), who is in a relationship with Mike (Sam Waterston), cannot settle on a career, and resents her mother for favoring Renata, while Renata resents their father's concern over Joey's lack of direction.
One morning, Arthur unexpectedly announces that he wants a separation from his wife and would like to live alone. Eve, who is clinically depressed and mentally unstable, attempts suicide. The shock of these two events causes a rift between the sisters. Arthur returns from a trip to Greece with Pearl (Maureen Stapleton), a high-spirited and more "normal" woman, whom he intends to marry. His daughters are disturbed that Arthur would disregard Eve's suicide attempt and find another woman, whom Joey refers to as a "vulgarian".
Arthur and Pearl marry at Arthur and Eve's former summer home, with Renata, Joey and Flyn in attendance. Later in the evening, Joey lashes out at Pearl when Pearl accidentally breaks one of Eve's vases. In the middle of the night, Frederick drunkenly attempts to rape Flyn. Meanwhile, Joey finds Eve in the house, and somberly explains how much she has given up for her mother, and how disdainfully she is treated. Eve walks out onto the beach and into the surf. Joey attempts unsuccessfully to save Eve, but almost herself drowns in the attempt. She in turn is rescued by Mike and resuscitated by Pearl.
The film ends with the family silently attending Eve's funeral, each placing a single white rose, Eve's favourite flower and a symbol of hope to her, on Eve's wooden, perfectly polished coffin.
Interiors grossed $10.43 million in the United States.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times called the film "beautiful" and complimented Gordon Willis on his "use of cool colors that suggest civilization's precarious control of natural forces", but noted:
Richard Schickel of Time wrote that the film's "desperate sobriety ... robs it of energy and passion"; Allen's "style is Bergmanesque, but his material is Mankiewiczian, and the discontinuity is fatal. Doubtless this was a necessary movie for Allen, but it is both unnecessary and a minor embarrassment for his well-wishers."
On the other hand, Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and praised it highly, saying, "Here we have a Woody Allen film, and we're talking about O'Neill and Bergman and traditions and influences? Yes, and correctly. Allen, whose comedies have been among the cheerful tonics of recent years, is astonishingly assured in his first drama."
Gene Siskel awarded three stars out of four and wrote:
Charles Champlin called the film "somber, intense and stunning," concluding, "Like Cries and Whispers, Allen's Interiors is, for all the somberness of the material, in the end an affirmation of life and a transcendent piece of art. The film lovers will love it if joke-seekers do not.
Penelope Gilliatt of The New Yorker wrote: "This droll piece of work is [Allen's] most majestic so far. The theme its characters express is very Chekhovian. It is pinned to the idea that the hardest, and most admirable thing to do is to act properly through a whole life."
In 2016, Interiors was listed as Allen's 11th finest film in an article by The Daily Telegraph critics Robbie Collin and Tim Robey, who wrote that "the emotional effort being expended is cumulatively hard to shrug off" and praised Stapleton's performance.
Looking back on the film in 1982, Allen said:
|Academy Awards||Academy Award for Best Actress||Geraldine Page||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress||Maureen Stapleton||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Director||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Art Direction||Mel Bourne
|BAFTA Awards||BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Geraldine Page||Won|
|BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles||Mary Beth Hurt||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Golden Globe Award for Best Director||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama||Geraldine Page||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture||Maureen Stapleton||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress||Maureen Stapleton||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress||Geraldine Page||Nominated|
|National Board of Review||National Board of Review Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress||Maureen Stapleton||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay||Woody Allen||Nominated|
|New York Film Critics Circle||New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress||Maureen Stapleton||Won|
|Writers' Guild of America||Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay||Woody Allen||Nominated|
The plot and characters of Interiors is alluded to in Death Cab for Cutie's Death of an Interior Decorator.