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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask

Borrowing only the title and some typically inane questions from Dr David Reuben's oft-ingenuous but widely read overview of sexual matters, Woody Allen writes his sixth screenplay and serves for the third time as his own director.

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Woody Allen John Carradine Anthony Quayle Tony Randall Burt Reynolds Gene Wilder

Borrowing only the title and some typically inane questions from Dr David Reuben’s oft-ingenuous but widely read overview of sexual matters, Woody Allen writes his sixth screenplay and serves for the third time as his own director.

Pic is divided into seven segments – blackout sketches, really – that presumably are Allen’s surrealistic answer to selected questions from the Reuben tome.

One of the episodes is a prolonged piece of nonsense involving a 2001-inspired mission control centre that is engineering a bout of intercourse in a parked car. Idea of Allen as a reluctant sperm may sound funny on paper, but it plays like an adolescent jape.

Allen’s gift is in the depiction of a contemporary intellectual shlump who cannot seem to make it with the chicks always tantalizingly out of reach. That persona could well have served him once more as the focus for a good bit of caustic comedy on today’s sexual mores.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask

Production: United Artists. Director Woody Allen; Producer Charles H. Joffe; Screenplay Woody Allen; Camera David M. Walsh; Editor James T. Heckart, Eric Albertson; Music Mundell Lowe; Art Director Dale Hennesy

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: Woody Allen John Carradine Anthony Quayle Tony Randall Burt Reynolds Gene Wilder

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