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Celebrity Director: Woody Allen Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Melanie Griffith, Judy Davis (114 mins; 18)

Film: The Big Picture - Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the vainest of them all?

CELEBRITY (18) DIRECTOR: WOODY ALLEN STARRING: KENNETH BRANAGH, JUDY DAVIS, WINONA RYDER, LEONARDO DICAPRIO 114 MINUTES

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Human Traffic (15)

Down to every last gesture, Kenneth Branagh has turned into Woody Allen. What does he think he's playing at?

e likes to come across as an ordinary lad, Kenneth Branagh. He's a Spurs supporter. He's partial to a drink. And when not penguined out for some gala performance, he wears jackets and trousers that look slept in. The impression is reinforced by his laid-back RSC Cockney accent, which gradually replaced the original Ulster vowels after Branagh's family moved from Belfast to Reading in 1970. So keen is he to swap Shakespearean diction for man-in-the-street inarticulateness that our Ken keeps getting his syntax in a tangle, adding another "so" or "but" or "cos" and only then realising that he's let himself in for a whole new dependent clause, just when the sentence is running out of steam. In a sense, his career's a bit like that.

Film: A superior intelligence with just a hint of the perverse

Woody Allen says she is an `acting genius'. She, typically, disagrees. Adam Mars-Jones meets Judy Davis

Letter: A question of stereotypes

Sir: We live in such a world of stereotypes that if anybody chooses a partner much older, younger, uglier, prettier or of a different class, questions will be raised. To make the world an interesting place, God made human attraction inexplicable. So what if Woody Allen is "old and ugly" ("Too much, too young, darling", 24 May)? To Soon-Yi he is preferable to a youthful Adonis who fails to make her laugh. As they age, people become more comfortable in their skin, shedding the identity crisis of youth. Me? I'm 29 and love an older man.

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Words: dissolve, v.

ARE JOHN Baxter's eyes defunct? His biography of Woody Allen opens with the Carlyle on the wrong avenue, and has Allen creeping "through back alleys, fire doors and corridors from his apartment to the kitchen areas of the Carlyle" for his Monday-night gig. In fact, he has to cross Madison Avenue.

Love defies analysis, says Woody Allen as he learns to live without his shrink

WOODY ALLEN, the film-maker and comic, now believes that the passion between a man and a woman can be so strong - whatever the circumstances - that it cannot be resisted, or controlled, even with the help of a therapist.

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