Woody Allen

Woody Allen

A Documentary

DVD - 2012
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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. Exploring the ultimate "independent filmmaker's" writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors, Weide traveled with Allen from the London set of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - a major coup "considering Woody has never allowed so much as an EPK [Electronic Press Kit] crew on his sets," claims Weide - to the Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris this May. He also filmed Allen at home, in the editing room and touring his childhood haunts in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. New interviews provide insight and backstory: actors Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Seth Green, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, and Owen Wilson; writing collaborators Marshall Brickman, Mickey Rose and Doug McGrath; cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond; Allen's sister and producing partner Letty Aronson; producers Robert Greenhut and Stephen Tenenbaum; longtime managers Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe; casting director Juliet Taylor; pal Dick Cavett; and Martin Scorsese; among many others.
Publisher: [United States] : B Plus Productions ; New Video Group : DocuramaFilms, [2012]
ISBN: 9781422935873
9781422948873
1422948870
1422935876
Branch Call Number: B ALLEN WOODY
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (195 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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LynJoan
Feb 24, 2016

Very interesting- I had no idea there was so much to Woody's history. Very enlightening and interesting. However I did have a nightmare the night after I watched it that a young girl I know had been sexually assaulted by an old man :(

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Nick_of_Time
May 02, 2013

Great for us Allen fans - but a shame the library didn't get the full 194 minute version instead of this severely edited one which is one-and-a-half hours shorter. This originally screened in cinemas in 2012 as a 194 min. production.
You can buy the full two-disc version on-line in NZ currently for $13 brand new! Just Google it...

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randpog
Apr 02, 2013

I was not a Woody Allen fan but am now. I loved the documentary and feel it was very well done. Also would like to see more of his movies now after seeing some of the process during production of some of them. Would recommend the film.

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rtom77
Jan 18, 2013

If you have an interest in Woody Allen and are familiar with his work you will probably enjoy this film that shows how his career evolved. More of a tribute than an analysis, but still an important historical chronicle. Set aside lots of time because the entire documentary is over 3-and-a-half hours long. Interesting.

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PatEe
Sep 06, 2012

Boring. Very.

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Casey26
Jun 21, 2012

Must see for any Woody Allen fan.

Glencoe_Mike Apr 19, 2012

First half is focused, second half wanders - kind of like Woody's career. Nice to see him talking about his work, though not all the interviewees are great.

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