Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it.Written by
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We're all very proud of Judah Rosenthal's philanthropic efforts. His endless hours of fund raising for the hospital, the new medical center, and now, the ophthalmology wing, which until this year had just been a dream. But it's due to Rosenthal our friend that we most appreciate. The husband, the father, the golf companion. Naturally if you have a medical problem you can call Judah...
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This could be Woody Allen's best movie, even though Manhattan and Annie Hall get most of the press. Martin Landau is incredible in this portrayal of a man who is beset by his past indiscretions. He is blackmailed by his mistress who is getting tired of waiting for Landau to leave his wife. He has her murdered and then goes through all the real anguish one would have. He falls back into his religious beliefs and has to carry them around for a time. There is a second plot having to do with a documentary being made. Allan Alda does a superb job as an unlikable dilettante who is just in it for the money. The twists and turns that ensue and the incredible tension, especially as they relate to Landau, keep us on the edge of our seats. This is a "real" movie where Allen has thoroughly invaded his characters' psyches and taken them on a ride. This could be so badly done under other heavy handed directions. There is none of this. See this film.
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