Cinema: Retro-Romance in a Swanky Town Hannah and Her Sisters

Manhattan--the one in the Rodgers and Hart song, the city of dreams in '30s movies, the old apogee of swank--has become a figment of Woody Allen's imagination. Thank heavens. Reclamation of the borough's tattered image could be in no better hands. In Annie Hall, Manhattan and this beguiling new comedy, the penthouses have been replaced by SoHo lofts West Side labyrinths, but the preoccupations are pretty much the same as those faced by romantic New Yorkers from Fred and Ginger to Kate and Cary. Smart people with sin-deep problems walk through a muggerless Central Park. Money worries are for comic relief....

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