Allen gives the impression that he is not so much interested in saving the world as in salvaging something for himself from the wreckage. This is his strength as a humorist and his weakness as an artist. But it has long been obvious that Allen was not going to replace Proust and Pirandello. Nonetheless I still find him funny and even congenial as an astute critic of film forms. Take the Money and Run is at the very least the definitive take-off on the cinema verité interview.
August 21, 1969