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Nancy Nall

It was Christopher Hitchens, I believe, who picked up on Allen's "the heart wants what it wants" line and noted that every expression that uses the word "heart" is more accurate if you substitute the word "dick." My favorite: "The dick is a lonely hunter."

Anyway, as far as narrators: Sunset Boulevard. Can't argue with that one.

Arun

Well, if he didn't tell us she was working on her poetry, how would we know what she was writing? Allen narrates this "without comedy or irony"- is there something inherently mockable about a young person writing poetry? I haven't seen VCB yet, so I don't know- unless her character is supposed to be ridiculous, i had assumed she was probably playing one of Allen's dream girls, to him writing poetry would be a very appealing attribute.

I agree that narration is often a crutch, and I like the Shawn reference when it comes to Allen's style. But what would "Radio Days" be without the narration? I suppose it's one of the exceptions. Allen does use narration a lot, he's very much a verbal, "let me tell you a story about this guy" sort of filmmaker, it's a constant. I see your point about needless exposition, though.

Lance Mannion

Arun, you're right about Allen and his use of narration. Not just Radio Days. Love and Death, Annie Hall, Take the Money and Run, Sweet and Low Down, Zelig (the last two use multiple narrators, iirc), all need their narrators.

Gary Farber

I really liked the movie, and found it funny and interesting, and I liked the performances. Opinions vary.

Frank C.

I think Woody Allen is an on-the-nose and heavy handed writer and director with an adolescent understanding of human emotion. I think he's one of the most overrated artists in the form. (Aside from his wacky comedies, which I love.)

SweetSue

My favorite:Dickburn.

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