woody_allen.jpgIn her ELLE Magazine review of Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Karen Durbin comments that Chloe Sevigny's character seems to be "cartoon-stiff", and that this "puzzling because Allen usually excels at writing women. (Can you say Annie Hall?)"

Not only is Durbin not right about Allen's tendencies as a writer, but in mentioning Annie Hall, really - she's digging her own grave. Allen doesn't write, and has no interest in writing, for women - he writes about women, and at such great distance to the point where the Woody Allen character in all of his films is basically an anthropomorphized male gaze. Annie Hall is a actually a great example to disprove Durbin's statement - we can't really participate in Annie's interior life, because Woody/Alvy can't really get inside her. This is the fundamental  tragedy of Allen's work: although lovers can physically enter one another's bodies with very little fanfare, it's terribly difficult to obtain any real insight on anyone else's interior life.

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