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    Divine Diane

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Time and multihyphenate talent Diane Keaton, turning 72 today, both march on, but certain patterns resonate. When commemorating the Academy Award® and 2017 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner’s natal day last year, observation was made of her fine work already offered in lovely 1080p on Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays and consideration of two upcoming Keaton releases on our label, one with her early-career mentor and soulmate Woody Allen and another with other talents behind the camera. Damned if the same situation hasn’t presented itself again! At the movies, she’ll be part of a stellar quartet of ladies – Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen – in the feature film comedy Book Club. Although Radio Days sold out over the past year, she’s still a top TT heroine in three titles, the still-topical Charles Shyer/Nancy Meyers parenthood-vs.-careerism delight Baby Boom (1987), and two Allen favorites, the Russian-flavored period romp Love and Death (1975, located here: and the probative family-at-a-crossroads drama Interiors (1978). Coming next month as part of a quartet of New York-set comedies and thrillers are two more Keaton capers: Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976, directed by Mark Rydell), in which her Gay 90s crusading journalist goes toe-to-toe with conniving conmen James Caan, Elliott Gould and Michael Caine; and her last film foray with Allen, the witty, twisty and madcap contemporary caper Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), stumblingly sleuthing the (perhaps) sordid details behind a mysterious sudden death in the company of Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Adler, Marge Redmond, Joy Behar, Ron Rifkin and Zach Braff. Reflections on both of those new-to-hi-def discoveries will follow in the coming weeks, but no deep introspection is needed to confer on birthday laureate Keaton a TT Most Valuable Player trophy.