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Woody Allen: laughter in the dark

Woody Allen is a phenomenon but a foul dust floats in his wake

By Sam Tanenhaus   November 2015

Woody Allen in New York in 1977. © AP Photo/Jerry T. Mosey

Woody Allen by Tom Shone, Thames and Hudson, £29.95

The “American Century”—if you recall the phrase—began in December 1941, with the attack on Pearl Harbor, but ended well ahead of schedule, on 11th September 2001. Sixty years felt about right for a nation powered by the fumes of youth. But that was yesterday. America has since become a country of, if not precisely for, old…

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