Woody Allen, a New York comic, tells of his long love affair with Diane Keaton, a Wisconsin girl he met at a tennis doubles match with actor-friend Tony Roberts. Allen encourages the awkward Keaton to become a polished singer and to obtain a better education as they have an affair. Woody describes his childhood life at Coney Island, his psychiatric sessions, his two failed marriages -- to campaign worker Carol Kane and author Janet Margolin -- and his problems with sex, particularly regarding Keaton. Despite a genuine love, he and Keaton are unable to maintain a satisfactory relationship. Her relatives, including mother Colleen Dewhurst and brother Christopher Walken, are either bigoted or strange. After a breakup, Keaton asks for another chance as Allen leaves bedmate Shelly Duvall, a Rolling Stone reporter. Record promoter Paul Simon offers Keaton an opportunity for stardom in Los Angeles, a place Allen detests. Roberts sells out -- in Allen's eyes -- by becoming a big TV star. Keaton takes up with Simon and Allen fails at a reconciliation. Later, the two ex-lovers meet in New York and part friends.
Label this a romantic comedy in the modern vein. Play up the autobiographical aspects.
A romantic comedy about a contemporary urban neurotic... for lovers and other funny people. United Artists 94 mins.