12 Questions for Woody Allen (Woody Wednesday)

Above is a clip of 12 questions for Woody Allen. Below is a list of some of his movies.

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Annie Hall (1977)
In his first fully achieved masterwork, a semi-autobiographical comedy in which his ex-lover Diane Keaton and best friend Tony Roberts play versions of themselves, Allen created a new genre, the “relationship movie”.

Manhattan (1979)
Allen’s wryly comic film captures the magic of his home town with help from a fine cast, Gordon Willis’s monochrome widescreen images and 13 Gershwin songs. His pursuit of a much younger woman was to become a career obsession.

Zelig (1983) (above)
Dazzling satire on America’s permanent identity crisis in the form of a wholly convincing, wholly fake documentary about Leonard Zelig, a prewar celebrity known as the “Human Chameleon”. Saul Bellow, Susan Sontag and Bruno Bettelheim appear as witnesses.

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Allen’s wittiest disquisition on love, life and death in Manhattan with a great ensemble cast that includes Michael Caine, Mia Farrow and Max von Sydow. The 1986 Cannes jury would have given it the Palme d’Or unanimously had it been in competition.

Radio Days (1987)
Taking as his model Fellini’s similarly episodic autobiographical Amarcord, Allen as writer-director-narrator looks back with warmth, wit and insight to the great days of sound broadcasting in the 1930s and 40s. A varied succession of often hilarious anecdotes bathed in a golden glow.

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