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Woody Allen
« on: March 20, 2003, 11:46:16 PM »
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Thoughts on the guy?  I love him.  Annie Hall and Manhattan being my favorites while Hannah and her Sister's and Crimes and Misdemeanors are my favorites of his later era.  But now he's really slipping...I think he's bound for a break.  He may be a dirty old bastard, but as a filmmaker he's almost godlike.

OH! Interiors is fucking great too.  Bergman rip-off I know, but perfectly done.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2003, 12:51:09 AM »
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Id have to say my favorite Woody Allen film is Sweet and Lowdown, but my favorite Woody Allen-Woody Allen movie is Manhattan. I also really liked Everybody Says I love You, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Annie Hall. Deconstructing Harry and Hannah and Her Sisters, I thought were OK.

All and all I really like Woody Allen, for obvious reasons, but I have no desire to pick up some of his most recent movies. I say take a break, but if the guy likes making movies, let him make movies, I mean, how much longer does he have?

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2003, 05:12:41 AM »
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i'm doing a critique on three Woody Allen screenplays for class, thanks to a rec. from Mac. I have to pick one from his early work, one from the middle and one recent and see how he's changed/developed. I'm definitely going to start with Annie Hall, end with one of the more recent, but looking for any thoughts on a good one for the middle years. Crimes and Misdemeanors is a personal favorite, might do that one.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2003, 08:10:59 AM »
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I think that deconstructing harry is also a "bergman-ripoff", or at least a "bergman-huge inspiration". The film: Wild Strawberries.
I really like harry anyway
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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2003, 11:44:29 AM »
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Quote from: rustinglass
I think that deconstructing harry is also a "bergman-ripoff", or at least a "bergman-huge inspiration". The film: Wild Strawberries.
I really like harry anyway


Haven't seen wild strawberries yet...I've seen Autumn Sonata, Cries and Whispers, The Seventh Seal, that's it.  I'm trying to hunt down Persona.  Anyway it's sort of strange for him to do such a Bergman influenced film when he parodies such things in Love and Death, but Bergman is a talent that I guess needs to be parodied and honored.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2003, 02:56:18 PM »
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has anyone seen play it again, sam???  man i love that movie

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2003, 03:51:41 PM »
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I think that deconstructing harry is also a "bergman-ripoff", or at least a "bergman-huge inspiration". The film: Wild Strawberries.
I really like harry anyway


He mentions in Manhattan I think how much he likes Bergman, saying "Bergman is the only genius left" or something

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2003, 12:29:38 PM »
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[/b]i'm doing a critique on three Woody Allen screenplays for class... looking for any thoughts on a good one for the middle years. Crimes and Misdemeanors is a personal favorite, might do that one.


Does Stardust Memories count as a middle-year period film? I think it's an absolutely amazing movie (and key to an understanding of the way his mind works, just like 8 1/2 is for Fellini) - my favourite along with Deconstructing Harry: I'm a sucker for the whole blatantly autobiographical film thing...

But Crimes and Misdemeanors is great too.
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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2003, 01:40:12 PM »
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Radio Days and Zelig.

Completely unappreciated. Almost never spoken of. By far his best.
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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2003, 03:45:06 PM »
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i like in deconstructing harry when he says, "im writing a story, its basicly me, thinly disguised. but im thinking of not even disguising him, i mean, its me."  he plays this in a lot of his movies, i think. usually this would make me go, what an egotistical, uncreative, narccasistic jerk-off. but with Woody, i like it for some reason. even though hes playing the same character, he manages to keep it interesting, and has a real charm to him. im working on my Allen movies, i think Zelig's next on my netflix.

does anyone else think about the end of magnolia when watching the end of manhattan?
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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2003, 12:35:26 AM »
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I love Deconstructin Harry.

The usual opinions of his work apply when it comes to my own -- he's slipped a bit since Sweet & Lowdown, but his undisputed masterpieces are just that.

And as far as his early slapstick stuff goes, 'Sleeper' is a hoot.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2003, 06:06:58 AM »
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I love Deconstrucing Harry. The scene with Kirsty Allen screaming at him, and he cuts to her patient listening in the other room is hysterical. i like the ovation all his characters give him at the end.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2003, 10:49:12 AM »
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i like his cameos in the simpsons.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2003, 04:25:27 PM »
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Funny to look at his earlier work like Take the Money and Run and Bananas and think that this guy made Interiors and Crime and Misdermeanors.  Quite impressive move into, I don't know if I'm right saying it, but cerebral comedic and dramatic works.

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Re: Woody Allen
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2003, 05:24:28 PM »
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I love Woody Allen.  I've noticed alot of Allen in Wes Anderson films...little things.

 

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