Stardust Memories is a 1980 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, and Marie-Christine Barrault. The film is about a filmmaker who recalls his life and his loves—the inspirations for his films—while attending a retrospective of his work. Allen considers this to be one of his best films, along with The Purple Rose of Cairo and Match Point. The film is shot in black-and-white and is reminiscent of Federico Fellini's 8½ (1963), which it parodies.
The film was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy written directly for screen. Allen denies that this film is autobiographical and has expressed regret that audiences interpreted it as such. "[Critics] thought that the lead character was me," the director is quoted as saying in Woody Allen on Woody Allen [see Further Reading, below]. "Not a fictional character but me, and that I was expressing hostility towards my audience. That was in no way the point of the film. It was about a character who is obviously having a sort of nervous breakdown and, in spite of success, has come to a point in his life where he is having a bad time."
The film follows famous filmmaker Sandy Bates, who is plagued by fans who prefer his "earlier, funnier movies" to his more recent artistic efforts, while he tries to reconcile his conflicting attraction to two very different women: the earnest, intellectual Daisy and the more maternal Isobel. Meanwhile, he is also haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend, the mercurial Dorrie.
- Woody Allen as Sandy Bates
- Charlotte Rampling as Dorrie ("She was just right for that part," the director is quoted as saying in Woody Allen on Woody Allen [see Further Reading, below]. "I mean, she is so beautiful and so sexy and so interesting. She has an interesting neurotic quality.")
- Jessica Harper as Daisy
- Marie-Christine Barrault as Isobel
- Tony Roberts as Tony Roberts
- Daniel Stern as An Actor
- Amy Wright as Shelley
- Helen Hanft as Vivian Orkin
- John Rothman as Jack Abel
- Judith Roberts as A Singer
- Sharon Stone as Pretty girl on train (Of the window to which she directs a kiss, Stone remarked, "I gave it my best shot to melt that sucker." [quoted in Julian Fox's Woody: Movies from Manhattan, Overlook, 1996])
- Brent Spiner as Fan in lobby
- Laraine Newman as Film executive
- Louise Lasser as Sandy's secretary