• Publication date: May 10, 2009

The challenging Director Blindness did not prevent him from attaining his goal

The elements of romance and comedy are perfectly represented in �Hollywood Ending�, a film that is written and directed by Woody Allen, who also plays the hero role.

The elements of romance and comedy are perfectly represented in �Hollywood Ending�, a film that is written and directed by Woody Allen, who also plays the hero role.

In addition to Allen acting as Val Waxman, the cast includes T�a Leoni as Ellie, George Hamilton as Ed, Bob Dorian, Ivan Martin, Gregg Edelman as Galaxie Executives, Treat Williams as Hal, and Debra Messing as Lori .

Val is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film.

But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind. Will Val manage to bring his film to light?

HOLLYWOOD ENDING, which is produced by Letty Aronson, is a return to form for Allen. He is excellent as the fading auteur struggling to find his vision. His dependence on Al and Ellie is both pathetic and hysterical.

The movie is a funny, poignant look at a filmmaker fighting public and professional scrutiny to craft his art, not unlike what Allen himself has gone through in his career, especially in the 1990s.

As with most later Woody Allen films, HOLLYWOOD ENDING, had great success internationally, with a worldwide gross of $14.6 million. The film also opened the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

The movie was released on May 3, 2002, with a running time of 112 minutes.