Cinema: Airy Nothing

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY

Directed and Written by Woody Allen

Onward and upward with the arts. First he outsolemnized Ingmar Bergman with Interiors. Then, with Stardust Memories, he scored a modest 5 out of Fellini's 8½. Now Woody Allen has transported Shakespeare's "wood near Athens" to upstate New York at the turn of this century for A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy. As might be expected, none of these homage-pastiches measures up to the original. But then, neither Bergman nor Fellini nor even Shakespeare ever tried writing a Woody Allen comedy.

Allen did try—eight times, from Play It Again Sam to Manhattan—to the kind...

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