Mike Leigh’s Choices

Radio Days

A joyous kaleidoscopic cornucopia of characters, and a feast of 1940s popular music.

Image from Radio Days

USA 1987
Dir Woody Allen
With Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels
Certificate PG

I’m not a fan of all Woody Allen’s films, but I love this one. It’s my go-to comfort movie. Savour its joyous kaleidoscopic cornucopia of characters and its feast of 1940s popular music. For me, it resonates with my lifetime in showbiz, as well as my post-war provincial Jewish childhood. Stanley Kubrick said it was like watching a home movie.