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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine), seen traveling with friends and fellow... See full summary »

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Herself - Sister of Woody Allen
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Herself (as Soon Yi Previn)
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Himself - the Trombonist
Simon Wettenhall ...
Himself - the Trumpeter (as Simon Wettenthall)
John Gill ...
Himself - the Drummer and Vocalist
Greg Cohen ...
Himself - the Bassist
Cynthia Sayer ...
Herself - the Pianist
Eddy Davis ...
Himself - the Band Director and Banjoist
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Himself - the Clarinetist
Nettie Konigsberg ...
Herself - Mother of Woody Allen
Martin Konigsberg ...
Himself - Father of Woody Allen
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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine), seen traveling with friends and fellow musicians during their New Orleans jazz band's 1996 European tour. Allen's relationship with wife Soon Yi Previn is captured on film here for the first time, and others on the European jaunt include Allen's sister Letty Aronson. Followed by press, paparazzi, and gushing admirers, Allen returns home to face a more realistic critical assessment during "the lunch from hell" with his aged parents. Written by Anonymous

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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blues del hombre salvaje  »

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DEM 22,971 (Germany) (19 June 1998)

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DEM 22,971 (Germany) (19 June 1998)
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During one scene Woody Allen complains about Marlon Brando losing his 1952 Oscar to José Ferrer. Ferrer actually won the award in 1950. Brando lost to Humphrey Bogart, who won it for The African Queen (1951). See more »

Quotes

Woody Allen: This is Soon-Yi Previn, the notorious Soon-Yi Previn.
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Crazy Credits

Subtitles credit Letty Aronson and Soon-Li Previn. The band members are credited orally by Woody Allen as he introduces them to an audience. Allen himself is credited by marquees during the trip. See more »

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Trenchant Allen Comments
5 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how I missed this film when it was released. It's thoroughly enjoyable on at least two levels: the New Orleans jazz and Allen's comic gifts. There's a third level -- the European scenery. It's interesting as a travelogue, if a bit jerky, which is realistic considering the jumping from one city to the next in so short a time. But the thing that stays with me the most is the high quality of Allen's trenchant observations on the passing parade, on mundane matters, such as his thoughts on the note he composes for inclusion in his hotel laundry. I am not a fan of the slick, glib one-liners Allen became known for early in his career, but in this film we have a more mature person, a man who obviously cherishes the relationship with Soon Yi and who respects his parents after life has smoothed the edges of his angst and has enabled him, it seems, to gain deeper insights into the passing parade.


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