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Woody Allen has written and directed over 40 films so far in his illustrious career. His latest, set in France in the 1920s, is complete with all the acerbic wit, pessimism for life and otherwise charm the better Allen films often exude. Obviousness is to some extent the point of the film, which doesn't merely wax nostalgic about its 1920’s France setting, a la Midnight in Paris, but rather resembles an artifact of the period itself. In plot and visuals, it's reminiscent of the screwball romantic comedies of Hollywood's Golden Age, and the result is an easy-to-swallow piece of confectionary cinema. Set in the Cote d’Azur populated by rich Brits and Yanks, the story features Colin Firth as Stanley Crawford, Europe’s most celebrated magician, who secretly performs in the guise of a “Chinese” conjuror, who’s lured to the Riviera by old pal and fellow magician Howard (Simon McBurney), whose friends are currently hosting the red-haired, blue-eyed Sophie Baker (Emma Stone), a young American woman of supposedly unerring clairvoyant powers. One of Allen’s most beautifully made films, shot on location up and down the Riviera, its production and costume design foster an effortless period air. The typically rich sourced soundtrack includes snatches of Stravinsky, Ravel and Beethoven alongside the usual American songbook standards (Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, et al) and lauded German cabaret singer Ute Lemper who appears briefly as a period version of herself. (PG-13, 97 mins.)