Woody Allen's 43rd writer/director effort, Blue Jasmine, made its debut in movie theaters across the country this past weekend. 43 is a lot. Allen has made so many films at this point, of different combinations of his Chaplin, Hope, Fellini and Bergman influences, that choosing a favorite out of all of them is both a pointless and important exercise: pointless because there isn't a right or wrong answer, important because your answer says a lot about what you find funny, and/or moving.
With that in mind, please do not judge these upstanding Splitsider staffers and contributors if they happen to not share the same opinion as yourself, but [...]
Louis C.K. and Woody Allen worked together for the first time this past year on Blue Jasmine (out July 26th), Allen's latest film that C.K. played a supporting role in, but Allen says he's been trying to come up with an idea for a movie for him and his fellow writer/director/actor/standup to star in. In an interview out today, Allen told The New York Times:
I’d love to do a movie with him and me, a comedy. I’m looking for some idea that would work, for the two of us to do. Of course I hope that people aren’t disappointed that I don’t act with him [in Blue Jasmine], [...]
One new release in books this week is A Companion to Woody Allen, the latest of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Film Directors series. The book costs a whopping $164.00, meaning this is not the companion for the casual Woody Allen movie-watcher, but if you are a truly dedicated fan of the the man, and want to get really academic about his work, this may be the way to go. The book is edited by two renowned Woody Allen experts and collects 26 different essays on the director and his films, covering topics like Allen’s influences as a filmmaker, his relationship to his onscreen persona, and his portrayal of [...]
Among Amazon's thousands of DVDs for sale, a lot of the discs have marked down prices for a certain amount of time for no reason in particular. Why not take advantage of this? A whole bunch of Woody Allen's best comedies, for instance, are for the month of February on sale for discounted prices and available at the click of a button, making the remainder of this month an excellent time to pick up some of his best and most recent work, including Manhattan (Blu-Ray or DVD), Hannah And Her Sisters (Blu-Ray or DVD), Annie Hall (Blu-Ray or [...]
After meeting in 1961, Woody Allen and Groucho Marx became fast friends, despite their 45-year age difference. Letters of Note has a letter Groucho wrote Woody in 1967, apologizing for being out of contact for a while and it's SO great. It starts:
Goodie Ace told some unemployed friend of mine that you were disappointed or annoyed or happy or drunk that I hadn't answered the letter you wrote me some years ago. You know, of course, there is no money in answering letters—unless they're letters of credit from Switzerland or the Mafia. I write you reluctantly, for I know you are doing six things simultaneously—five [...]