Helmer's latest makes Gotham bow

NEW YORK — Woody Allen‘s “Melinda & Melinda” poses the query: Is life a comedy or a tragedy?

In his own life, according to the hyphenate, it’s a mixed bag.

“Onstage I try to be funny, but in life I tend to be gloomy. Life is quite tragic with some amusing moments in it,” Allen said at the film’s March 16 preem in Gotham.

After-party was held at Meat Packing District mainstay Pastis, which also serves as the setting for the picture’s framing narrative.

Thesp Chiwetel Ejiofor, who appears in the film’s tragic portion, half-jokingly described filming as “deadly serious.” Filming with Allen was different than he’d imagined because “He’s not really Alvy Singer (referring to Allen’s character in “Annie Hall”). He’s much more down to earth and non-neurotic than I expected.”

Pic’s Chloe Sevigny said the comic and tragic halves of the shoot had absolutely nothing to do with one another.

Radha (Mitchell) would keep us informed as to what was going on, and she kept saying, ‘Oh the comedy’s so much easier; it’s so much more fun.’ “

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