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Woody Allen's latest is 'Mighty' amusing

October 27, 1995
Web posted at: 12:15 a.m. EDT

From Correspondent Sherry Dean

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Woody Allen's newest film is a romantic comedy called "Mighty Aphrodite." The film takes a look at the antics and adventures between confused lovers.

Allen steps in to star in his own movie and his female lead is fresh new face, Mira Sorvino, who is also starring in the New York romp "Blue in the Face."

"Mighty Aphrodite" is packed with fast-paced dialogue and the classical timing of one-liners that is Allen's trademark. It's a story of love, romantic mishaps and sex, set in the 90s.


Aphrodite is the name of the Greek goddess of love. Sorvino, as a hooker named Linda, is perhaps what you would consider the goddess of commerce.

"If anybody in the film is Aphrodite, it is probably my character, although I am not so named," the actress says.

The film begins when Allen and his on-screen wife Helena Bonham Carter adopt a baby boy. Allen decides that he must know who his baby's biological mother is, and that's how he finds Aphrodite, a.k.a. Linda the hooker.

He asks Linda about the baby's father. "Oh, he was a drug pusher and he was also an epileptic and a car thief and he picked pockets," she tells him.

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Sorvino, who graduated with honors from Harvard, worked hard to create her flighty character. "Woody wanted me to do a voice that made me sound more stupid, and I thought it should be a high voice, but I didn't want it to be just a breathy, baby-doll voice. I wanted it to be earthy in a kind of way. It's gravely, even though it is high." (136K AIFF sound or 136K WAV sound)

Sorvino also took a train to Philadelphia and walked around the streets to get a feel for the character's home base. "I (didn't) want to feel embarrassed doing this really zany character."

Linda complains to Allen on-screen, "I can't stay in, I got six dates. Six dates!"

"That's a slow night for you. I wish I had the penicillin concession in your apartment," Allen says.

Like most of Allen's films, "Mighty Aphrodite" is outfitted with an ensemble cast, including Academy Award winners F. Murray Abraham and Olympia Dukakis. And, like most of his films, it's set in New York.

Allen, an Academy Award winner himself, always shoots in the city that fits him like a comfortable suit. He is known for creating a world within a world in his films, causing movie-goers to long for the New York that he creates.


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