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'Paris-Manhattan' review: Woody Allen wit and wisdom cues French romantic comedy

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"Paris-Manhattan" is an amusing little nothing of a movie built around the wit and wisdom of Woody Allen. First-time writer-director Sophie Lellouche has taken bon mots from Allen's movies and used them to create nothing less than a philosophy of life for her heroine,"Why is life worth living? ... I would say ... Groucho Marx, to name one thing ... the 2nd movement of the Jupiter Symphony ... Swedish movies, naturally."

Alice (Alice Togliani), whose name was the title of a 1990 Woody film and who is a dead ringer for Julie Hagerty of "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," has been obsessed with the "handsome" director, "the one who makes me laugh," since college. She's never married, works as a pharmacist with her worrywart father in Paris, and hands out DVDs of Woody's films in lieu of medicine, on occasion.

"Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask" is a particular favorite.
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Stephen Sondheim: Gershwin great? It ain't necessarily so

Coward was glib, Gilbert was boring and Hammerstein was obsessed with birds . . . Master of musicals Stephen Sondheim gives his verdict on his fellow songwriters

Oscar Hammerstein

Despite the fact that Oscar Hammerstein II taught me virtually everything I know about lyric writing, I feel obligated to list some of my quibbles with his work, poking fun along the way. A lot of songwriters fill in empty spaces in the music with reiteration, but there's a fervent lack of surprise in Hammerstein's thoughts, made manifest by his need to spell things out with plodding insistence, as in You've Got To Be Carefully Taught from South Pacific: "You've got to be taught before it's too late,/ Before you are six or seven or eight," which always makes me want to ask, "What about five or nine or 13?"

Hammerstein sometimes gets carried away by "pretty" words and images instead of accurate ones. In A Cock-Eyed Optimist,
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