The director is much criticised for his portrayal of women but there’s no denying that, from Annie to Jasmine, he has written great, Oscar-winning female roles – mainly when they are versions of him
Woody’s women arrive behind the director in a big bustling caravan – a noisy train of flakes and nymphs, art snobs, academics and intellectuals, hookers, healers and harpies. Allen’s own nebbish persona aside, women are easily the most recognisable roles to come out of his films: Annie, Hannah, Jasmine. Female actors in his films have won no fewer than six Oscars. At the same time, few directors have drawn as much fire for the typology of female characters they have established onscreen.
“Increasingly, the women in his movies can be divided up between menopausal nuts and coltish sluts,” noted James Wolcott in Vanity Fair in 1998, after Celebrity completed a trio of films, beginning with Mighty Aphrodite