REVIEW: WOODY ALLEN A DOCUMENTARY
In 2009, iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) followed the notoriously private film legend for more than a year to create this ultimate film biography..
Following a limited direct-to-consumer release timed to its premiere on PBS’s American Masters series in December 2011, WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY releases on.
February 14 at retail as a full 2-disc DVD set featuring exclusive bonus material..
WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY chronicles the trajectory and longevity of Allen’s career: from his teenage years furnishing jokes for comics and publicists, 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 each year for more than 40 years..
Weide covers Allen’s earliest film work in Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Sleeper, and Love and Death; 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 Cristina Barcelona, and his latest critical and commercial success, Midnight in Paris..
Exploring the quintessential independent filmmaker’s writing habits, casting and directing styles, and relationship with his actors, Weide traveled with Allen from the London set of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger to the Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris this past May. He also filmed Allen at home, in the editing room, and touring his childhood haunts in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. New interviews provide insight and backstory: actors Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, and Owen Wilson; writing collaborators Marshall Brickman, Mickey Rose and Doug McGrath; cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond; Allen’s sister Letty Aronson; longtime manager Jack Rollins; casting director Juliet Taylor; pals Dick Cavett and director Martin Scorsese; and others..
WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY also touches on Allen’s contributions as a writer for the theater and his humorous articles for The New Yorker, as well as his frequent moonlighting gig as a clarinet player with a New Orleans-style jazz band.
Features interviews with: Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, Owen Wilson, Dick Cavett and Martin Scorsese
Dolby 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound
"12 Questions” with Woody Allen; Exclusive Deleted Scenes
Interviews; Interview with Director Robert B. Weide
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