CINEMA: WOODY ALLEN: WHEN ART REDEEMS LIFE

WOODY ALLEN TURNS AN OLD OBSESSION INTO A DECENT FILM

STARDOM CAN OFFER AIRTIGHT INsulation from reality. From the fact that he is famous, a celebrity too often creates the fiction that he is revered. O.J. Simpson, for instance, translated an acquittal verdict by 12 jurors into the claim that most Americans really believe he's innocent. And Woody Allen, who three years ago was show biz's most notorious middle-age male, keeps making movies whose plots reflect, excuse and promote his lustlorn escapades. Both guys are fallen idols who have trouble understanding what all the fuss was about. They want America to take an amnesia pill so they can get back to...

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