PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music
In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.
After What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), this is the second Woody Allen film in which he plays himself.
What's the matter? Nobody said it was going to be a picknick. You know I can't risk my hands.
During the Hollywood sequence, Emmet's band is backing a black vocalist. In the 1930s, musicians on film were, with extremely rare exceptions (e.g., Benny Goodman's quartet), strictly segregated. There's no way a white band would be playing behind a black woman.
$94,686 5 December 1999