Woody Allen melodrama, with, of course, a sprinkling of comedy. A philanthropic optician (opthamologist; Martin Landau) has an affair with a neurotic (Anjelica Huston), who, after two years of deceit, wants to confront his wife (Claire Bloom). Meanwhile, a failing documentary filmmaker (Woody Allen) can't stand his successful TV producing brother-in-law (Alan Alda), who commissions him to make his biography, in which he spouts off his wise theories: that New York is a series of straight lines waiting for a punchline; or that "Comedy is tragedy plus time". The Woody Allen character of course falls in love with another TV producer (Mia Farrow), for whom he leaves his wife.
A well balanced script, with moments where Allen breaks the ice with his customary wisecracks: when Halley (Farrow) returns a love letter, saying it was the most beautiful thing she's read but that it just wasn't right, he retorts: "It's probably just as well. I plagiarized most of it from James Joyce. You probably wondered why all the references to Dublin." These moments of laughter are heightened by the serious story with which you can really get involved. It is from this vein that Allen's most recently released movie, Melinda and Melinda, has been drawn.
Nugget: the highlight? When Allen says, "Last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty."