Take the Money and Run

Presented as part of NWFF's ongoing "69" retrospective, Woody Allen's first real feature (after the dubbed, recut, Japanese-sourced What's Up, Tiger Lily?) is a larky, erratic mash-up of Freud and true-crime documentaries. Allen plays the colossally inept criminal Virgil Starkwell, whose neuroses are far larger than his ill-gotten gains. The fake documentary device allowed Allen to incorporate bits from his stand-up comedy, but put the gags in the mouth of a serious, stentorian narrator. The physical comedy Allen leaves himself--like playing cello in a marching band. But no one can say the film isn't instructive: If you're going to rob a bank, make sure your penmanship is neat. Otherwise the teller might ask if your note says "I have a gub." (Followed at 8:45 p.m. by Anthony Newley's X-rated musical folly Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?.) (NR) BRIAN MILLER

May 1-7, 7 p.m., 2009

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