Woody Allen Relevant as Ever
Written by Jennifer Kiley
Created on 1st & 2nd January 2014
Posted On Friday 3rd January 2014
Woody Allen invites the legendary conservative icon William Buckley on his show. The discussion is on the late 1960s. Questions are taken from the audience. The tape’s quality is not great but visually, it is okay. Their conversations and answers are quite amusing and brings on laughter. Even parts of the discussion is relevant to the world today. Here is Woody Allen vs William F. Buckley Jr. – Who creates more laughter?
The next tape is an interview with Woody Allen by [not given credit] French Journalist. Some of the interview is in French. It is when the interviewer is just speaking to the audience. Woody speaks English with French subtitles. Not a trial to understand if you only speak English. If you don’t understand French, you do not miss the content of the interview. It does not interfere, patiently listening through the French. Only in short interval. Very Enjoyable.
You will see a great many clips from Woody’s films. These are entertaining and memorable, especially if you are a regular viewer of his films. They are fun even if you haven’t seen a great many of his films. I am an avid fan, and it is fun to see so many of those moments from so many of his films. Memories are connected to each memorable scene. I have watched Woody Allen since Annie Hall won the Oscar for Best Picture. I have seen all of his films, with the exception of those only released recently into theatres. I look forward anxiously to see Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett leads the cast. Her life is crumbling so she decides it’s a good idea to move in with her sister. How did that work out for her? It doesn’t look so good in the Trailer.
I have watched Woody Allen from Annie Hall up to the film before Blue Jasmine. This film would be To Rome with Love. The films in between were a gift, one a year. He acted, wrote and directed the majority and when he didn’t cast himself, he would cast another actor to play him as someone else. Each actor that played Woody, did a fine job. What is it about Woody Allen? He writes what touches many centers in my mind. I feel uplifted by his storytelling. He is perfect at telling a story and I know I am going to enjoy hearing and seeing it.
A short list of what I feel are the best of the best of Woody Allen & he has one in post-production: [Let us countdown from high to low, meaning…a great list to turn into future film reviews.]
25 – A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (written by) 1982
24 – Shadow and Fog (written by) 1991
23 – Small Time Crooks (written by) 2000
22 – Play It Again, Sam (based on a play – screenplay by) 1972
21 – Love and Death (written by) 1975
20 – Bullets Over Broadway (written by) 1994
19 – Mighty Aphrodite (written by) 1995
18 – The Purple Rose of Cairo (written by) 1985
17 – Alice (written by) 1990
16 – September (written by) 1987
15 – Celebrity (written by) 1998
14 – To Rome with Love (written by) 2012
13 – Deconstructing Harry (written by) 1997
12 – Melinda and Melinda (written by) 2004
11 – The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (written by) 2001
10 – Match Point (written by) 2005
9 – Scoop (written by) 2006
8 – Manhattan (written by) 1979
7 – Annie Hall (written by) 1977
6 – Hannah and Her Sisters (written by) 1986
5 – Crimes and Misdemeanors (written by) 1989
4 – Blue Jasmine (written by) 2013 [going to/want to see soon]
3 – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (written by) 2008
2 – Manhattan Murder Mystery (written by) 1993
1 – Midnight in Paris (written by) 2011
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I wish there was a way to see what he did before he became a film maker. That was long before my time. It would be fun to have a time viewer that let you see anything that occurred in history in any field of interest. I found this video is very enlightening plus entertaining. What is being discussed is relevant to the world of today. Woody is extensive with what he discusses.
[I do realize these are long videos. Get a taste of them & if you hear something that amuses you, come back when you have some moments where you want to laugh. Do return & enjoy this Master Filmmaker.
I support Woody Allen. We share a great deal in our thoughts and beliefs in life and the relevancy of our views. The personal controversy he went through many years back, I feel we each have to decide how we evaluate what we believe and how we want to accept it. What he may have done. What was that? People close to me cannot respect him and when I mention my love for his films, they don’t understand. They reject everything about him, including his work. One of my therapist’s was shocked I could support Woody Allen. Well, after talking to her, I felt guilty for loving his work & not believing he could harm a child, ever.
Everyone believes what they will and likes what they will like. I believe Woody and have enjoyed him though out my life. I am also a huge fan of Mia Farrow and was greatly disappointed that their relationship had to end the way in which it did. Life has gone on. Woody is happy with his wife and their children. They are enjoying their lives together. That is what is important. I will not apologize for my belief in him. I miss seeing Mia in his films, or any film.
His interest in psychoanalysis and portraying it in his films has always fascinated me. We both have shared that fascination for analysis. Being analyzed is something I feel strongly about. One should attempt to know themselves. It is important in my life. To try to understand one's self can be enlightening. Woody Allen, I believe has always helped me get beyond any stigma. It’s an absurd to be stigmatized just because you struggle with something “society” doesn’t understand. Why does society have to understand me? I don’t get society. It is a mixed bag of nuts coming from every direction.. To feel if someone is not normal, a bit quirky, a touch weird, eccentric, outright rapidly switching moody, the analysis helps to sort those things out and to live one's life more fully.
I hope you take the time to view the complete videos. If not now, do come back and listen as you have the time. It will be well worth your time. --- Jennifer Kiley
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To close, here are some Quotations I collected on Comedy.
“Life doesn't make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy's job is to point out that it doesn't make sense, and that it doesn't make much difference anyway.”
― Eric Idle
“My tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with a peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate.” ― Chelsea Handler
“It's like a fairy tale . . . on crack!” ― Hillary DePiano
“[Comedies], in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than tragedy, of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete. The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man…. Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachments to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible.” ― Joseph Campbell
“He stares at me, and then leans back in his chair. He’s ill, Jacob.”
I say nothing.
“He’s a paragon schnitzophonic.”
“Paragon schnitzophonic,” repeats Uncle Al.
“You mean paranoid schizophrenic?”
“Sure. Whatever. But the bottom line is he’s mad as a hatter…”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
“Luck is the bastard child of Fate and Destiny.” ― Carroll Bryant
“Those of you who are not aware of my brilliant career as a standup comic, I’m not aware of it either so we might well wonder what we’re doing here.” ― Alan Rickman
“Recent studies have shown that approximately 40% of authors are manic depressive. The rest of us just drink.” ― Melodie Campbell
“People who try to pretend they’re superior make it so much harder for those of us who really are.” ― Hyacinth Bucket
“Some people fight fire with fire. I’ve found water to be more effective.”
― Adrianne Ambrose, Confessions of a Virgin Sacrifice
“You ever noticed how people who believe in Creationism look really un-evolved? You ever noticed that? Eyes real close together, eyebrow ridges, big furry hands and feet. “I believe God created me in one day”. Yeah, looks like He rushed it” ― Bill Hicks
“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ “I said: ‘that’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.” ― Dick Gregory
“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” ― Lauren Myracle
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
― Isaac Asimov
“If at first you don’t succeed then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”
― Steven Wright
“Be what you would seem to be – or, if you’d like it put more simply – never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” ― Lewis Carroll