Voices Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen

To work through that catalogue afresh would be a sumptuous delight

Let's Talk About The Rain (12A)

French writer-director Agnès Jaoui's comedy of manners takes on issues of class, race and loyalty, but in such a charming, offhand way that one hardly notices them being raised.

Conversations With Woody Allen, by Eric Lax

Perhaps the most revealing book ever written about a living film director, this enthralling dialogue spans 36 years. Allen shows immaculate taste in picking out the best of his own films: "Manhattan Murder Mystery is a picture I like very much... I think Match Point came off... Purple Rose of Cairo, Bullets over Broadway." On the other hand, he insists, "The way people latched onto Manhattan was irrational... I've done better pictures than Annie Hall." Allen expresses astonishment that his film Hollywood Ending, never released in this country, "was not thought of as a first-rate comedy". This reviewer agrees. It is hilarious.

Paperbacks: The Essential Groucho, edited by Stephen Kanfer

This addition to Penguin Modern Classics may be a startling choice but Woody Allen is in favour: "[He] will be equally funny a thousand years from now."

In Search of a Midnight Kiss, 15

Lonely hearts meet up and make magic

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Sixth Season (DVD)

Warner Having masterminded seven series of 'Seinfeld' and six seasons of his own starring vehicle, Larry David has a strong claim to be the greatest sitcom creator in TV history.

Spacey joins the Rebecca Hall fan club

In the past two years Rebecca Hall has appeared in a host of successful films. And earlier this year she fulfilled a lifetime ambition by starring in a Woody Allen production.

Cassandra's Dream (12A)

Cassandra's Dream is the new Woody Allen film. Like 2005's Match Point, it's a London-set drama that asks whether an ordinary man could get away with murder, but this time the story concerns cockneys, not aristocrats, which, in Woody-world, means more floral wallpaper and less oak panelling.

Woody Allen banks on three beauties to woo critics at Cannes

Director's latest film features his trademark wit – and a kiss between Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz

Penthouse & pavement: Images from the inner cities

A new exhibition at Tate Modern focuses on photographs taken in buzzing cities, with a cosmopolitan cast of hipsters and hucksters, businessmen, beauties and criminals. As John Walsh reports, it all adds up to a fascinating lesson in modern urban history

Oviedo, Asturias: Woody Allen’s favourite town

The rail map of Spain is a pretty thing. Trunk lines radiate out from Madrid. These strands unravel towards the Costas, and the Portuguese and French border, and connect with filigree threads around the perimeter of the nation. Stout fibres running perpendicular to the radial lines hold the whole delicate structure together. But in the middle of the north coast, there appears a tangle as complicated as, say, the relationships in a Woody Allen film.

What's New Pussycat

Directed by Clive Donner

Sleeper

Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman

Underdog, (U)

Based on a Sixties cartoon series about a beagle with superhero powers, this is James Belushi's second outing with a crime-fighting mutt – K-9 being the first – and points to a worrying downward trajectory in his career. Far more surprising is the name of Jason Lee on the credits: one might have thought My Name is Earl had freed him from such indignities, but he's here voicing Underdog himself. Maybe Woody Allen was right: Hollywood isn't dog-eat-dog, it's dog doesn't return other dog's phonecalls.

The Third Leader: Lifelong learning

Melinda and Melinda (12A)

Double vision
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