Cinema: Baying Through Russia

LOVE AND DEATH

Directed and Written by WOODY ALLEN

"Everyone has to go some time," sighs the condemned man. "I have to go at 6 a.m. It was 5 a.m., but I have a good lawyer."

The speaker could only be Woody Allen, disguised this time as Boris, a 19th century Slav. The label reads "Made in Czarist Russia," but the contents show Allen's familiar shlemiel ticket: the loser, surrounded by a world of hostile, if inanimate, objects.

Seated in his cell, the prisoner has two hours to review his life. He pans it. As a...

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