27 Great Directors: Woody Allen

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Annie Hall.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Annie Hall.

What Did I Watch: Manhattan (technically a rewatch but I’d forgotten a lot of it).

Where Does He Fit: Woody Allen felt Manhattan was one of his biggest failures, and many think it is his masterpiece. I fall somewhere in the middle, with a deep hearted love for the black and white mixed with Gershwin. Pretentious, but a worthy fit for the study of a man who is fully aware that he’s a rude asshole who is much too fond of younger women. Allen’s Vertigo, in other words, but his genre riffs tend to be at their best when they are stupid rather than a desperate attempt to clutch onto something greater. He gives one of his best performances alongside Keaton, Streep, and Hemingway though.


Most Valuable Asset: His older wit.
Most Excited For: Purple Rose of Cairo.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Japan’s foremost feminist, Kenji Mizoguchi.


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