Woody Allen is 75

I have noted more than once that Annie Hall is my all-time favorite movie; moreover, it was commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Nominated for five Academy Awards for the 1977 season, it won four – Best Picture, Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Best Director (Woody Allen), Best Original Screenplay (Allen and Marshall Brickman), losing only Best Actor (Allen).

Yet, when making a list of his six best movies – ZELIG, PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, HUSBANDS AND WIVES, VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, MATCH POINT – Annie Hall was not among them. Is it unreasonable to suggest that a director is mistaken about his own films? I saw all the movies mentioned except Match Point; I can say that Vicki Christina Barcelona clearly does NOT belong on this list. I’d be hard-pressed to actually come up with my other five on a list – Hannah and Her Sisters, and Zelig, for sure, maybe Bananas, Broadway Danny Rose, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, or even Manhattan if the parallel with his actual life didn’t creep me out so much.

Slate takes a crack at Copy-Editing the Culture: The Rise and Fall of Woody Allen, as Experienced Through His Punctuation.

Last month, TV writer Ken Levine wrote an open letter to Woody Allen, which suggested that Woody:
Take a break.
Stop making movies.
At least for now.
It’s time.
It really really is.

An interesting discussion ensued.

Read some interviews, some recent, some historic, that delve into Woody’s mind. Also, on May 6, 1971, Johnny Carson’s guest host on The Tonight Show was Woody Allen, whose guests included Bob Hope and James Coco.

Happy birthday, Woody. No matter how much I think you’re off your game, you provided me with great cinematic pleasure for many years.

0 thoughts on “Woody Allen is 75”

  1. I remember watching this movie, my husband and my friends decided to watch this movie after our dinner. By the time we got there, the cinema was packed, except for the first row which they normally didn’t sell.

    The asked if we still wanted to buy the tickets. We thought since we were already in town, we would buy the tickets.

    It was like watching 160 degrees up, by the end of the show, my neck was so sore.


  2. I think Woody Allen is mistaken about himself. My favorite of his are Hannah and Her Sisters, and when I was 22, it was Manhattan. I remember saving a TIME article about him and Mia. I just adored his movies and have seen all of them up to Husbands and Wives – and then I stopped – starting a boycott-of-one, protesting his taking up with his step-daughter. Didn’t I see that coming? Sheesh.


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