3 1/2 out of 5 stars. A pretty interesting & informative documentary to someone only knowning its subject was a great director, a hilarious stand-up & married to his longtime girlfriend's adopted daughter. Its a great watch pre-Soon-Yi, full of great archival footage & interviews with friends & collaborators. I sort of started nodding off around the time I discovered Allen (mid-late 90s) but overall a decent watch.
And just when I thought I couldn't be more in love with W.A. I get a hold of this great documentary and fall even harder for my favorite gnomish genius in acetate eye-wear. This is a must-watch for any W.A. fan.
An exploratory film, but no cinematographic highlight. Weide tries to fit in as many details from original interviews as possible in creates a montage overkill. Only in the last third he uses the footage from Allen's films as a kind of focus for the biographical material.
I have been a Woody Allen enthusiast since I was seventeen years of age and stumbled across 'Annie Hall' on ITV late one December evening around Christmas time. Since then I have avidly collected all his works and read innumerate articles and books on the great man. Woody has been in my top three greatest filmmakers for years and always wil bel. It will be a sad day when he finally stops rolling the camera.
A fascinating and epic insight into one of cinemas true icons. There are obvious aspects of Woody's personal life that it stays (shys?) away from but the intention here isn't to cause controversy, it's simply to celebrate the work and talents of a master craftsman, a workaholic whose output continues to delight. A treat.
Way to superficial to add anything new to what we already know about Woody. The second half is a complete disaster as they move from discussing his film to his private life, as if to agree on the consensus that late Allen is not interesting.
It's hard to draw a complete and exhaustive picture of an artist with a career as big and diversified as Woody Allen's, even in a 3 and a half hours documentary, but this film tries to do so, and it really does a good job. It made me want not only to watch Woody Allen's movies I haven't seen in years, but also to watch more movies in general.