Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, ... See full summary »
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Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary chronicles Allen's career - from teen writer to Sid Caeser's TV scribe, from standup comedian to award-winning writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. Exploring Allen's writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors first-hand, new interviews with A-listers, writing partners, family and friends provide insight and backstory to the usually inscrutable filmmaker. Written by
Given that Woody Allen has spent much of his life in the public spotlight,and has had numerous books published about him there is not likely to be much new revealed in a documentary such as this.Indeed i very much got the view that either the film was made by a company controlled by Allen or made in such a way as to show a fairly complementary view of him.True his affair with his second wife is mentioned but not a great deal else.I think that his gradual decline from the heights and the 70s and 80s is not emphasised enough.Every film that he made used to be an event.Nowdays we have no idea whether or not a new film of his is even going to be distributed to the cinemas in the UK.I believe that the words that Allen put in his fans mouths in Stardust Memories about his early funny films are just as true today.He probably has only made a couple of worthwhile films since the beginning of this decade.Although a bit long it was fairly entertaining.
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