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Calendar, Night&Day A Bookish Affair

A Bookish Affair

It was a good year for Woody Allen, 1978. He won his first Oscar for Annie Hall and an O. Henry award for “The Kugelmass Episode.” Published in The New Yorker, the short story follows a humanities professor who, in…
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Film, Chick Flick, Two Ways

Chick Flick, Two Ways

If Diane Keaton were an up-and-comer in 2008, she'd likely be stuck in romantic comedies cooked up in movie studio test kitchens. No Godfather for her. No Annie Hall, no Shoot the Moon, no Reds. Filmmakers who now use Katherine…
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Film, FilmCap

Ira and Abby

Directed by Robert Cary, this is writer-producer Jennifer Westfeldt's follow-up to her surprise hit Kissing Jessica Stein. It centers on Ira (Chris Messina), a neurotic New York Jew who enters an on-and-off relationship with Abby (Westfeldt), a loopy, free-spirited shiksa.…
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Film, Woody and Woody

Woody and Woody

Does the world really need a new film from Woody Allen every single year? Yes, he is one of America's great auteurs. Yes, he's responsible for some very fine movies, many of them comedies (Annie Hall), several of them tragedies…
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Woody's Kids

By now Woody Allen has made so many movies that their individual identities blur. He's no longer the maker of films, but the author of a body of work -- the latest addition to which, Mighty Aphrodite, is like an…
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Love and Death and Brotherhood

To say that Edward Burns' first film, The Brothers McMullen, owes a debt to Woody Allen is to understate the matter wildly. Burns' milieu is Irish (rather than Jewish) New York, but in almost every particular -- from the smartass…
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