Woody Allen: A Documentary, Pt. 1HD Closed Captioning
Robert B. Weide
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About the Movie
Beginning with Allen’s childhood and his first professional gigs as a teen — furnishing jokes for comics and publicists — WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY chronicles the trajectory and longevity of Allen’s career: from his work in the 1950s-60s as a TV scribe for Sid Caesar, standup comedian and frequent TV talk show guest, to a writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. Director Bob Weide covers Allen’s earliest film work in “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas, Sleeper,” and “Love and Death”; frequent Oscar® favorites such as “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Zelig,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Husbands & Wives,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” and “Mighty Aphrodite”; and his recent globetrotting phase with “Match Point,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” and his latest success “Midnight in Paris.”
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Appropriately fawning.
Fresh: This documentary is a pleasure, though we don't get too far beneath the surface.
Fresh: There is more to Woody Allen: A Documentary than its modest title suggests, although perhaps not quite enough to justify swapping that "a" for "the".
Fresh: I could have watched this armada forever. The clips alone, from Sleeper, Annie Hall, Zelig and others, pageant his greatness.
Truly fascinating! GREAT lessons in creativity!
I loved this two-part documentary. Please watch the second half, too! Not only a great history of a masterful filmmaker of our time, but also an fantastic example of the "creative process". Specifically, I love how he gets out of his own way and gets out of the way of the creativity of his actors (many, many of them have received Academy Awards for their roles in his movies). Amazing how simple it can be and how putting yourself out there, over and over no matter what anyone thinks or says about you, can create a life's work that impacts and speaks to the world. I teach creativity and life skills through artistic activities, and I'll be recommending this series to my clients.
Loved every minuted
What a great film this was, highly recommended for every fan or none fan of the great, wierd, complex human being mr Allan is. Can not whait for part 2 !
Long but very good
I have gone through love and hate phases with Woody Allen.
His best work is classic and his worst tries your patience. But…at least his worst is when he was trying to do something and you have to give him credit for that.
This documentary is a very good review of his LONG career. It's LONG because his career is long. He's a fascinating person and a prolific creator and consequently you will probably want to watch both parts if you watch the first ten minutes and like it.
If you wonder what all the fuss is about you'll probably be mesmerized and if you looked at his movies and went HUH? you will hate every last second. I liked it very much.