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Film Feature: The Top 10 Underrated Woody Allen Films

Chicago – Just as Groucho Marx refused to join any club that would have him as a member, Woody Allen would most likely turn down any invite from an adoring fan club. He’s repeatedly voiced his belief that he doesn’t have a high regard for his own work, and recently told documentarian Robert B. Weide that he could live a life devoid of cinema as long as there was a sports team to follow. This may sound like a curious statement from a filmmaker who averages one picture a year, but it speaks to the compulsory spirit of a man trapped within the boundaries of his perfectionism. He can’t bear watching his own films once they’re completed because all he sees are the flaws.

As a longtime admirer of Allen’s work, I’ve been able to savor the sublime moments in even his most problematic pictures,
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Director Senkichi Taniguchi dies at 95

TOKYO -- Director Senkichi Taniguchi died Monday at a Tokyo hospital after a bout with pneumonia, his family said Wednesday. He was 95.

Tokyo native Taniguchi was a childhood friend of Akira Kurosawa. In 1947, he made his debut behind the camera for The Snow Trail, which the legendary director had written. The film starred Toshiro Mifune and actress Setsuko Wakayama, whom Taniguchi married in 1949.

Taniguchi and Kurosawa switched roles for the 1949 movie The Quiet Duel, also starring Mifune.

He made a string of movies during the 1950s, but it was during the '60s that he made many of his best known works including Man Against Man, The Lost World of Sinbad, The Gambling Samurai and Man in the Storm.

He divorced Wakayama in 1956 and the next year married another actress, Kaori Yachigusa, with whom he spent nearly half a century.

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