“Woody Wednesday” Trivia about Woody Allen Part 8

Small Time Crooks (2000) trailer

I have spent alot of time talking about Woody Allen films on this blog and looking at his worldview. He has a hopelessmeaningless, nihilistic worldview that believes we are going to turn to dust and there is no afterlife. Even though he has this view he has taken the opportunity to look at the weaknesses of his own secular view. I salute him for doing that. That is why I have returned to his work over and over and presented my own Christian worldview as an alternative.

My interest in Woody Allen is so great that I have a “Woody Wednesday” on my blog www.thedailyhatch.org every week. Also I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in his film “Midnight in Paris.” (Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway,T.S.Elliot,  Cole Porter,Paul Gauguin,  Luis Bunuel, and Pablo Picasso were just a few of the characters.) Check out these trivia facts below.

Here is some trivia about Woody Allen:

I think there is too much wrong with the world to ever get too relaxed and happy. The more natural state, and the better one, I think, is one of some anxiety and tension over man’s plight in this mysterious universe.

80% of success is showing up.

Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.

[Responding to fans, skeptical of his plan to direct an opera] I have no idea what I am doing. But incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm.

I do feel that in everyday life people on a great spectrum get away with crime all the time, ranging from genocide to just street crime. Most crimes do go unsolved, and people commit murders and ruin other people and do the worst things in the world, and, you know, there’s no one to penalize you if you don’t have a sense of conscience about it. There is an element in life of enormous, enormous injustice that we live with all the time. It’s just an ugly-but-true fact of life.

[Movies are a great diversion] because it’s much more pleasant to be obsessed over how the hero gets out of his predicament than it is over how I get out of mine.

My mother always said I was a very cheerful kid until I was 5 years old, and then I turned gloomy.

I can’t really come up with a good argument to choose life over death. Except that I’m too scared.

I was never bothered if a film was not well received. But the converse of that is that I never get a lot of pleasure out of it if it is. So it isn’t like you can say, ‘He’s an uncompromising artist.’ That’s not true. I’m a compromising person, definitely. It’s that I don’t get much from either side.

Your perception of time changes as you get older, because you see how brief everything is. You see how meaningless … I don’t want to depress you, but it’s a meaningless little flicker.

I once thought there was a good argument between whether it’s worth it to make a film where you confront the human condition, or an escape film. You could argue that the Fred Astaire film is performing a greater service than the Bergman film, because Ingmar Bergman is dealing with a problem that you’re never going to solve. Whereas ‘Fred Astaire’, you walk in off the street, and for an hour and half they’re popping champagne corks and making light banter and you get refreshed, like a lemonade.

I’ve made perfectly decent films, but not (1963), not The Seventh Seal (1957) (“The Seventh Seal”), The 400 Blows (1959) (“The 400 Blows”) or L’avventura (1960) – ones that to me really proclaim cinema as art, on the highest level. If I was the teacher, I’d give myself a B.

Ireland’s one of the few places that lives up to the hype, that is as beautiful as everyone tells you it is.

[on directing the LA Opera, alongside William Friedkin] I figured, “Eh, I’ll be dead before it happens. I’m 72. I’m never going to make it to the opera.” But it came around, and next Monday, I start rehearsal. I’ll just do the best I can and then get out of town and let them tar and feather Friedkin.

[on directing an opera] He [Plácido Domingo] said, “What if we do the Puccini trilogy – it’s three one-acts that are always done together? The first two, Billy Friedkin will direct. You’ll only be responsible for a one-act, a one-hour opera, and it’s funny.” You know, funny to opera people is not funny to the Marx Brothers.

It would be a disgrace and a humiliation if Barack Obama does not win… It would be a terrible thing if the American public was not moved to vote for him, that they actually preferred more of the same.

I never had a teacher who made the least impression on me and if you ask who are my heroes, the answer is simple and truthful: George S. Kaufman and the Marx Brothers.

I don’t believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

[on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)] It was one of the few times in my life that I realized that the artist was so much ahead of me.

I’ve never felt that if I waited five years between films, I’d make better ones. I just make one when I feel like making it. And it comes out to be about one a year. Some of them come out good, and some of them come out less than good. Some of them may be very good and some may be very bad. But I have no interest in an overall plan for them or anything.

If I write a film and there is a part in it for me – great. But if I sit down in advance and think, “I’d like to be in this film,” or “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a film so it would be fun to do one,” then all of a sudden there’s an enormous amount of limits and compromise. I can only play a few things so that compromises the idea instantly. I think Deconstructing Harry (1997) would have been better with Dustin Hoffman or Robert De Niro, for sure. I also tried very hard to get another actor to play the part I did in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001). I think we tried to see if Tom Hanks was available, and Nicholson. Either they weren’t available or didn’t want to do it. So I finally played that part. And I shouldn’t have, because it wasn’t my usual kind of role, and I think that hurt the film.

I’ve been around a long time, and some people may just get tired of me, which I can understand. I’ve tried to keep my films different over the years, but it’s like they complain, “We’ve eaten Chinese food every day this week.” I want to say, “Well, yes, but you had a shrimp meal and you had a pork meal and you had a chicken meal.” They say, “Yes, yes, but it’s all Chinese food.” That’s the way I feel about myself. I have a certain amount of obsessive themes and a certain amount of things I’m interested in and no matter how different the film is, whether it’s Small Time Crooks (2000) here or Zelig (1983) there, you find in the end that it’s Chinese food. If you’re not in the mood for my obsessions, then you may not be in the mood for my film. Now, hopefully, if I make enough films, some of them will come out fresh, but there’s no guarantee. It’s a crapshoot every time I make one. It could come out interesting or you might get the feeling that, God, I’ve heard this kvetch before – I don’t know.

Related posts:

I love the movie “Midnight in Paris” by Woody Allen and I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in the film. Take a look below:

“Midnight in Paris” one of Woody Allen’s biggest movie hits in recent years, July 18, 2011 – 6:00 am

(Part 32, Jean-Paul Sartre)July 10, 2011 – 5:53 am

 (Part 29, Pablo Picasso) July 7, 2011 – 4:33 am

(Part 28,Van Gogh) July 6, 2011 – 4:03 am

(Part 27, Man Ray) July 5, 2011 – 4:49 am

(Part 26,James Joyce) July 4, 2011 – 5:55 am

(Part 25, T.S.Elliot) July 3, 2011 – 4:46 am

(Part 24, Djuna Barnes) July 2, 2011 – 7:28 am

(Part 23,Adriana, fictional mistress of Picasso) July 1, 2011 – 12:28 am

(Part 22, Silvia Beach and the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore) June 30, 2011 – 12:58 am

(Part 21,Versailles and the French Revolution) June 29, 2011 – 5:34 am

(Part 16, Josephine Baker) June 24, 2011 – 5:18 am

(Part 15, Luis Bunuel) June 23, 2011 – 5:37 am

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