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Working title for this film was "Woody Allen No. 4". Allen told an interviewer that "I am not even half of the Fellini of 8 1/2". See more »
Oh, what is this? The-the traditional brownies with hash? Is this what you're giving me?
No, no. Look, here's the hash on the side because I didn't know how much you took.
How much I took? What is it, hollandaise sauce? What do you mean, how much I took?
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Reading some of the comments listed here, I'm dismayed by some of the narrowness of the criticisms ("It's shot in black & white for no reason!" "The flashbacks are indistinguishable from the present day!")... as if these were somehow to be construed as mistakes. Jeez.
I love this film. It rambles a little here and there, and sometimes it's so personal I feel voyeuristic watching it. The montage of Charlotte Rampling towards the end is stunning in how it summarizes Allen's feelings about memory, nostalgia, and the ever-present reality that never seems to allow the past to make sense.
One cannot deny that Allen has a very keen understanding of who he is, as a person, comedian, and lover. This is not to say that he is infallible or somehow more evolved than anyone else, but rather - through the retrospective of his "earlier funny films" - it's clear that he understands his strengths, and - outside the theatre - the weaknesses of his emotional life.
A perfect film for a quiet Sunday.
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