Cinema: Woody Allen's Breakthrough Movie

ANNIE HALL

Directed by WOODY ALLEN Screenplay by WOODY ALLEN and MARSHALL BRICKMAN

Comedians are supposed to shtik to their lasts: Harpo could never speak and Groucho could never be at a loss for words; Fields could never seem to draw a sober breath or a sunny moral. What, then, is Woody Allen doing starring in, writing and directing a ruefully romantic comedy that is at least as poignant as it is funny and may be the most autobiographical film ever made by a major comic?

Is he exercising an unexpected taste for self-destruction? Fecklessly...

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