Cinema: A Comic Master Goes for Baroque

STARDUST MEMORIES Directed and Written by Woody Allen

From the outside, celebrity means receiving invitations to all the best parties, swapping aperçus with the noterati and finding beautiful women draped around your calves begging for a one-night meaningful experience. From the inside—of Woody Allen's head—celebrity is all of this, and ain't it awful? It means being introduced to a woman who wrote "the definitive cinematic study of Gummo Marx." It means being offered unproducible scripts, including a musical-comedy treatment of the Guyana massacre. It means being solicited to join committees for Soviet dissidents,...

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