The Directors: Woody Allen

My friend Kevin has ranked the Woody Allen films he’s seen. I like Woody Allen a lot, but to me he falls under the Sydney Lumet/Robert Altman category of being too prolific, making more mediocre films then really good films he’s capable of making. That said, I do think Woody Allen is an important and remarkable filmmaker who can’t be duplicated or copied.

What is so unique about Allen is that he finds his muse, and works with her for a series of films.  It started with Diane Keaton, then Mia Farrow and then Scarlett Johanson.  His stories typically revolve around love, and the trials and pain that comes with it.  His characters are quirky (mainly his semi autobiographical ones) and have an embodiment of their own.

1. “Annie Hall” – 1977

2. “Sweet and Lowdown” – 1998

3. “Manhattan” – 1979

4. “Match Point” – 2005

5. “Sleeper” – 1973

6. “Hannah and Her Sisters” – 1986

7. “Crimes and Misdemeanors” – 1989

8. “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” – 1966

9. “Radio Days” – 1987

10. “Alice” – 1990

Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

3 thoughts on “The Directors: Woody Allen”

  1. It seems Woody Allen is more widely accepted abroad than in the US. It’s a bit odd really but many of his movies don’t even make a blip here even though he is churning movies after movies year after year.

  2. I think it has a lot to do with his personal life, and his lifestyle choices – yet Roman Polanski seems more accepted. I love them both, and what they do in their personal lives is their business, but Woody Allen remains to be a giant in cinema history.

  3. in my humble opinion i would have crimes and misdemeanors top, then zelig, annie hall and husbands and wives, match point makes me want to run into a dark cave, of his later movies, melinda and melinda is the only film i can see as maintaining a shred of his earlier genius. makes me so sad.

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