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Choose Your Own Adventure: The Allens, the Farrows, and You

What if the story here is entirely different from a tale of abuse of power, or a fable about the importance of speaking up about abuse? What if the story unfolding now points backwards, to the reasons we enter relationships, and how we need to think those reasons over carefully?
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 8, 2014 9:32 PM
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BLUE JASMINE's Complex Interior(s)

Critics have widely noted that the scenario of Woody Allen’s latest feature, "Blue Jasmine" (2013), is indebted to "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947). However, cinematically, the film owes just as much—if not more—to an earlier Allen film: the obscure "Interiors" (1978).
  • By A.D. Jameson
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  • August 15, 2013 8:35 AM
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PETER TONGUETTE: EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU is a stealthy Christmas classic

By the time I saw Woody Allen’s Christmas movie Everyone Says I Love You, Christmas was over, and so was New Year’s Eve. It wasn’t until some dreary day in the middle of something like February that the film reached us, weeks after the tree had been taken out to the curb and the confetti swept away. That day, Christmas seemed very far away. It wasn’t just that the season had passed. It was where I was calling from, as Raymond Carver might put it, that was the problem. Everyone Says I Love You was a musical comedy set in Manhattan, Venice, and Paris, and it was the last city that served as the backdrop for the film’s richly evoked Christmas scenes. Well, I had never been to any of those cities, and it was hard not to feel out of the loop when gawking at them from Slidell, Louisiana, the city north of New Orleans where for all intents and purposes I grew up.
  • By Peter Tonguette
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  • December 22, 2011 1:12 PM
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