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While Annie Hall and Manhattan are in no danger of falling out of basic-cable rotation, you’d be hard-pressed to locate Broadway Danny Rose in any On Demand menu. One of Woody Allen’s more slender farces, the film features Allen as the titular beleaguered “talent” manager who counts among his clients a skating penguin, a blind xylophonist, and washed-up nightclub singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte). When Rose arranges a comeback gig for the crooner, Canova insists on his floozie mistress (Mia Farrow) being there, and a mob contract on Rose’s head and banter ensue. Broadway’s elements of self-parody (the plot unspools as flashbacks from the Carnegie Deli) belie an unsentimental love story as straightforward as the black and white in which it’s shot—one that offers something close to insight into whatever kind of chemistry kept Farrow and Allen together for a dozen years.
THE FILM SHOWS AT 8 P.M. AT THE AMERICAN CITY DINER & CINEMA CAFE, 5532 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 244-1949.