finally I got his ups and downs in moviemaking: the satirical\dark humor is a burden and a limit which he tried to overcome but never entirely. He looks condemned, stucked in a never-ending comedy style twist that deprives the energy needed in order to create something more than a longer clip of jokes. The documentary itself is indeed enjoyable and enlightening.
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.
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.
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.
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.