Cinema: The Wages Of Fame

Woody Allen brilliantly dissects the dangers in the world of Celebrity

Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh) is a man in a rumpled corduroy jacket with his nose pressed eagerly against the double-glazed windows of fame. A failed novelist, he writes celebrity profiles for magazines and subsists emotionally on such crusts--a bit of gossip, a moment of false intimacy--as the famous discard as they pass by.

Robin Simon (Judy Davis) is Lee's estranged wife, a former teacher of Chaucer and a quivering mass of neuroses, willing to try anything--religious retreats, plastic surgery--to get her postdivorce life back together.

Woody Allen's Celebrity tracks the former's possibly predictable fall and the latter's entirely unexpected rise within...

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