The strength of this film is its self-consciousness and its references to other films. The beginning, for instance, is reminiscent of 8½, and the rest of the film follows Wild Strawberries.
Woody Allen’s pseudo-documentary challenges the audience members to be themselves. The film is a meditation on the significance of the individual personality when it seems much easier to conform to be accepted by society.
This film shows the influence the French New Wave had on Woody Allen. Formally, it’s not radical, but in terms of content there are probably as many references to films, books, plays, and poets as in a typical New Wave film.