Sleepwalking Into a Mess

TITLE: HUSBANDS AND WIVES

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: WOODY ALLEN

& THE BOTTOM LINE: What is this thing called love? A man who knows has made a film better than real life -- his, anyway.

You expect to read a cool appraisal of Woody Allen's new film. The tawdry gossip attending Husbands and Wives -- the question of whether it contains clues to Allen's dumping Mia Farrow in favor of her 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn Farrow -- this is irrelevant, surely, to the noble trade of movie criticism. You want us to ponder weightier issues, like the piquant mise-en-scene in the...

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