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Wild Man Blues (1997)

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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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Himself - the Trombonist
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Himself - the Trumpeter (as Simon Wettenthall)
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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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The documentary was initiated and produced by Woody Allen's best friend's production company, Sweetland Films. See more »

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[On why he likes playing blues]
Woody Allen: There's nothing there between you and the pure feeling of playing. There's no cerebral part to it.
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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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Woody Allen visits Europe with his New Orleans Jazz Band
25 January 1999 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

"Wild Man Blues" is a truly entertaining documentary about Woody Allen touring through Europe with his New Orleans Jazz Band. Every Monday they use to play at Michael´s Pub in Manhattan. It took a long time until Mr. Allen was persuaded to leave New York and to play in European concert halls, he knew too well that people would come to see him and not because of his inspired clarinet soli. Director Barbara Kopple accompanies him during his concerts and even into his luxurious hotel suites. Not unexpected it turns out that Mr. Allen has strange travel habits. The best moments of the film are when the people that always surround Allen never cease to to express their admiration for him, just like they do in his movie "Stardust memories"(1980) which was a disaster. His fans realized that this satire was directed at them and they recognised themselves in the characters of "Stardust memories". Kopples film reveals that Allen has learnt to live with them. He reacts with a warm smile and a little bit of sarcasm when every day he is told a dozen times "you are the greatest, I love your movies, mostly your earlier and funny ones, why can´t you go on making funny movies...". However, "Wild Man Blues" is a very funny film.


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