The Movie: Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
What Is It?: Woody Allen’s most humane and touching film finds Mia Farrow escaping from her shit-bag husband (her movie one, not her real one) by watching the same dopey romantic comedy over and over. She spends so much time at the local cinema that the characters in the picture eventually take notice of her and one leaps off the screen to woo her. Lovely, lovely stuff.
Why Today?: On this day in 1869, celluloid is patented.