Terrific! I’d forgotten the extent and incisiveness of the Fellini homages throughout! Actually, I think Woody may well have written this script, in which Italian-American culture looms so large, just so that he could “do” Fellini.
There was a time for Woody, there was a time, after the early comedies and before the malaise, and this was right in the shank of it. Funny, smart, nostalgic, affecting, neurotic, genuine, beautifully shot and acted.
Hey, a poll! What was the last Woody Allen movie that didn’t suck? I vote Celebrity (1998), which I remember liking when it came out. I wonder if I’d still like it. Here’s a list for you; let me know your vote.