The Purple Rose of Cairo
Directed by Woody Allen
Surprisingly, I do not find it hard at all to relate to a girl who escapes her life by spending her free time watching movies. She said, as she adjusted her orthopedic boot.
Cecilia is a miserable waitress stuck in an abusive relationship. She goes frequently to the movies, sometimes seeing the same film multiple times. After going to see The Purple Rose of Cairo (a fictional RKO Radio Pictures movie) several times, the main character Tom Baxter notices her watching. Tom Baxter, a handsome cad, walks right off the screen and falls in love with Cecilia. The film's producers notice Tom is missing so they enlist the help of the actor who plays Tom Baxter to woo Cecilia and steal her from Tom, thus ensuring that the movie will go back to normal.
That was harder to explain than I thought it would be and I'm still not sure I made any sense. Anyway, it is a great concept and I am sure something we can all connect to (especially since you are reading a movie blog). It also makes interesting points about what real love is vs. fictionalized love. Having grown up practically worshipping Mr. Darcy and Ashley Wilkes (don't ask), I know what's it like to be unprepared for real love, expecting everything to work out like it does on screen.
The ending is probably my favorite part. I won't give anything away, but it's great that you can walk away still feeling like you can love movies.
Woody Allen's favorite film that he made.