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Woody Allen, September

Woody Allen is perhaps the most important filmmaker currently working in the English language, a true auteur. Unlike so many of his American colleagues, he is not interested in big budgets, all-star casts, or high-tech special effects. His films are ultimately highly personal statements about life, death, love, and relationships. Like Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini, his spiritual mentors, Allen has devoted much of the past 20 years to creating a rich visual landscape with a team of technicians and actors and a strong repertory of characters, concerns, plots, and themes.

Allen’s films generally fall within two different though not disparate categories: madcap parody and the more serious personal film. In its own vacuous way, September is both. Set in the dark reaches of a Chekhovian country house in the final days of summer, the film is about domestic turmoil, familial resentments, and

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