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1905, the cinematograph has reached Southern Italy, and casts fear among the people to whom it seems a devilish trick. They call it "o 'imbroglie din t'o lenzuolo" - "The Trick in the Sheet", as white sheets were used for screening.
Maria Grazia Cucinotta,
Woody Allen plays Tex, a kosher butcher. Sharon Stone plays his unfaithful wife Candy. Tex catches Candy in the act and in a fit of rage he kills her. To conceal his crime he cuts up her body and buries it in the desert in New Mexico. However, when her hand surfaces, a blind woman trips over it and it restores her sight. The hand is then considered to be the "hand of the Virgin." Despite the church's fallen priest objecting, the ambitious mayor of the town creates an international three-ring circus of miracle-seekers, TV crews, and born-again local prostitutes all interested in the hand. All of this goes on while Tex is desperately trying to recover the hand before the sheriff finds it and uses it as evidence against him. Written by
Bryan in San Diego is right on the money.Its clear to any Woody Allen fan that at the very least he wrote his own gags,and probably contributed a lot more.
Anyone taking personal offense from this is missing the point.Maybe films like this should be labeled "Warning;some people may be religiously offended by this material". Actually it is another flawed gem of Allen's, an above average black comedy with great spiritual irony and very entertaining as well.Definitely worth seeing for Woody Allen fans and more.
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