Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in NYU’s film program, and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television; during his five-year in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination. He eventually decided to try his hand as a stand-up performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP. With 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special… read more
Not so much melodrama as soap opera; an extension no longer to Bergman but to Interiors as mere drama in Allen’s work. Slightly more finessed in nuance, producing some raw emotions - Farrow stands out, yet fades into the periphery too often - amid its intertwining complexes of languish and longing, in an otherwise staid canvas - drenched in sobriety - of upper-middle class ennui, and the search for human fulfilment - themes which Allen would revisit in more typical fashion, and more convivially, in his Tall Dark Stranger.