History Creator / WoodyAllen

10th Jun '16 4:06:34 AM Aquila89
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* ''Film/PlayItAgainSam'' (1972) - A neurotic Creator/WoodyAllen tries to date other women following the advice of Creator/HumphreyBogart's ghost.

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* ''Film/PlayItAgainSam'' (1972) - A neurotic Creator/WoodyAllen tries to date other women following the advice of Creator/HumphreyBogart's ghost. Based on Allen's own Broadway play, the film was written by him but directed by Herbert Ross.
10th Jun '16 4:02:34 AM Aquila89
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* ''Untitled Creator/{{Amazon}} Series'' (2016) - Plot details currently unknown. Allen will write and direct all episodes.

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* ''Untitled Creator/{{Amazon}} Series'' (2016) - Plot details currently unknown. Starring Allen himself, Creator/ElaineMay and Music/MileyCyrus. Allen will write and direct all episodes.
24th May '16 1:54:32 AM Faberlich
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* ''Café Society'' (2016) - A 1930s romance that follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Creator/JesseEisenberg) to Hollywood, where he has a love affair with Vonnie (Creator/KristenStewart), and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.
19th May '16 6:18:35 PM Nylsa
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* ''Film/MagicInTheMoonlight'' (2014) - A romantic comedy set on the French Riviera in the 1920s, starring Creator/EmmaStone and Creator/ColinFirth.

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* ''Film/MagicInTheMoonlight'' ''Magic in the Moonlight'' (2014) - A romantic comedy set on the French Riviera in the 1920s, starring Creator/EmmaStone and Creator/ColinFirth.



* BillingDisplacement: On posters for his movies, the cast is organized in alphabetical order by their last names, meaning that actors with small roles are often billed first, while actors playing the main characters are in the middle-to-bottom.



* CreatorBacklash:
** Allen hates most of his films because they can never live up to the expectations he has while making them. He finds audiences' attachment to ''Film/AnnieHall'' and ''Film/{{Manhattan}}'' irrational and perplexing.
** Taken UpToEleven where he stated that his upcoming Amazon series is a "cosmic embarrassment", before it even premieres.
** He has however said that he does have a fondness for ''Film/{{Zelig}}'', ''Stardust Memories'', ''Film/MatchPoint'' and ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo''.
** Also famously agreed with the backlash against ''Film/CurseOfTheJadeScorpion''.



* TomHanksSyndrome: Leveled at Woody Allen by fans and critics. Lampshaded in ''Stardust Memories''.
-->'''[[AuthorAvatar Sandy Bates]]:''' But shouldn't I stop making movies and do something that counts, like-like helping blind people or becoming a missionary or something?\\
'''[[ActingForTwo Martian]]:''' Let me tell you, you're not the missionary type. You'd never last. And incidentally, you're also not Franchise/{{Superman}}; you're a comedian. You want to do mankind a real service? Tell funnier jokes.
** Of course, even when Woody Allen was funny, his movies and jokes were often quite painful, mature and his humor was always dark.



* WriteWhoYouKnow: Allen's work is very personal and will talk about both his relations and break-ups.
21st Apr '16 1:00:41 AM JulianLapostat
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** His movies are quite harsh in attacking conventional values, American beliefs of good triumphing over evil and he shows romantic relationships being very messy for both men and women.

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** His movies are quite harsh in attacking conventional values, American beliefs of good triumphing over evil and he shows romantic relationships being very messy for both men and women.women, humans being far more amoral than purely good or purely evil and repeatedly criticizes religion and belief in God.
21st Apr '16 12:59:30 AM JulianLapostat
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* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Allen is Enlightenment in terms of content but Romantic in terms of form:
** His movies are quite harsh in attacking conventional values, American beliefs of good triumphing over evil and he shows romantic relationships being very messy for both men and women.
** Yet at the same time, Woody Allen's films are deliberately old-fashioned, stylistically evocative of classical Hollywood and the 60s European arthouse, constantly referring to older forms of American culture, features a great deal of classical and jazz music even in movies set in contemporary times. Allen himself notes that his depiction of New York is actually not realistic, that the particularly sophisticated urbane milieu he features in his movies derives more from 30s Hollywood movies than reality.
28th Mar '16 8:33:12 PM Mdumas43073
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!!A somewhat abridged list of movies is presented here:
* ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' (1965) - Creator/WoodyAllen's first movie (although it was directed by Clive Donner). Creator/PeterOToole tries to be faithful to his fiancee, but he's a ChickMagnet. Creator/PeterSellers is his psychoanalyst, who is stalking one of his patient's stalkers in a motel in France. Allen plays O'Toole's friend who has a crush on the fiancee. The film originally going to star Creator/WarrenBeatty, but when Woody was hired to rewrite it, he kept building up a bit part for himself and shrinking Beatty's role so blatantly that the star quit.

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!!A somewhat abridged list of his movies is presented here:
* ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' (1965) - Creator/WoodyAllen's His first movie (although it was directed by Clive Donner). Creator/PeterOToole tries to be faithful to his fiancee, but he's a ChickMagnet. Creator/PeterSellers is his psychoanalyst, who is stalking one of his patient's stalkers in a motel in France. Allen plays O'Toole's friend who has a crush on the fiancee. The film originally going to star Creator/WarrenBeatty, but when Woody was hired to rewrite it, he kept building up a bit part for himself and shrinking Beatty's role so blatantly that the star quit.
28th Mar '16 8:32:09 PM Mdumas43073
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'''Woody Allen''' (born December 1, 1935) is an American director, actor, screenwriter, comedian, playwright, story writer, essayist, and musician. He was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg to an Ashkenazi Jewish family in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Most of his films are set in [[BigApplesauce New York]] and feature Jewish or AmbiguouslyJewish characters, often with himself or an AuthorAvatar in the lead role.

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'''Woody Allen''' Woody Allen (born December 1, 1935) is an American director, actor, screenwriter, comedian, playwright, story writer, essayist, and musician. He was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg to an Ashkenazi Jewish family in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Most of his films are set in [[BigApplesauce New York]] and feature Jewish or AmbiguouslyJewish characters, often with himself or an AuthorAvatar in the lead role.
4th Mar '16 10:07:54 PM JulianLapostat
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* BigApplesauce: One of the trademarks of his works, as the vast majority of his films take place in and around New York. Averted in recent years, with every film since ''Melinda and Melinda'' (save for ''Whatever Works'' and ''Blue Jasmine'') shot in Europe, more specifically London, Rome, Barcelona and Paris. Some of his earlier films are also set in different locations: ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'' was shot in San Francisco, ''Film/LoveAndDeath'' takes place in Russia (but was shot in France) and ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'' in the future.

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* BigApplesauce: One of the trademarks of his works, as the vast majority of his films take place in and around New York. Averted in recent years, with every film since ''Melinda and Melinda'' (save for ''Whatever Works'' and ''Blue Jasmine'') Works, Blue Jasmine, Irrational Man'') shot in Europe, more specifically London, Rome, Barcelona and Paris. Some of his earlier films are also set in different locations: locations. ''Film/TakeTheMoneyAndRun'' was shot in San Francisco, ''Film/LoveAndDeath'' takes place in Russia (but was shot in France) and ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'' in the future.future. ''Sweet and Lowdown'' also takes place in a wide variety of locations.



* BittersweetEnding: A number of his films end this way including [[spoiler: ''Film/AnnieHall'' and ''Broadway Danny Rose''. ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' is a subversion; the last minute of the movie heavily implies that the main character will have a better life from that moment on... with Creator/FredAstaire.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: A number of his films end this way including [[spoiler: ''Film/AnnieHall'' and ''Broadway Danny Rose''. ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' is a subversion; the last minute of the movie heavily implies that the main character will have a better life from that moment on... with Creator/FredAstaire.]]Creator/FredAstaire but others see it as horribly bleak.]]
* BornLucky: A huge theme in all his movies is that luck and chance shape how people live and act, and while people can choose and make decisions, that scope and ability to choose is also shaped by luck. In ''Match Point'', the narrator Chris Wilton says:
--> '''Chris Wilton''': ''The man who said I'd rather be lucky than good, saw deeply into life''.
* BourgeoisBohemian: With the potential exception of ''Sweet and Lowdown'', all of his films feature middle-class liberal characters who are either academics, professionals or incredibly wealthy. His movies are by no means celebrations of the same and his running theme is middle-class and liberal hypocrisy.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: ''Film/AnnieHall'', ''Play It Again Sam'', ''Anything Else'' and ''Crimes and Misdemeanors'']] all play this trope pretty straight.

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: ''Film/AnnieHall'', ''Play It Again Sam'', ''Anything Else'' and ''Crimes and Misdemeanors'']] all play this trope pretty straight.straight, though it also averts it by pointing out that there are good reasons why the guy did not get the girl.



* GiveGeeksAChance: What many of the classic Woody Allen nebbish characters aspire to. It's deconstructed because some of the characters tend to be EntitledToHaveYou types and tend to neglect or overly idealize the women they fall into. The one time, it's played classically straight is [[spoiler:''Broadway Danny Rose'']].



* KarmaHoudini: A theme in many of his films is that there's no real karma in the world. Most murders are unsolved, PoliceAreUseless and with a bit of luck and ruthlessness, you can get away with a number of bad stuff you can do, and if there is justice, it usually comes down to luck. In ''Crimes and Misdemeanors'' and ''Match Point'', [[spoiler:Woody Allen also suggests that such a guy can get over the guilt, forget it and move on]].



* SceneryPorn: ''Manhattan'' and ''Film/MidnightInParis'' both start with montages showing off the cities they take place in.

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* SceneryPorn: ''Manhattan'' and ''Film/MidnightInParis'' both start with montages showing off the cities they take place in. Woody Allen likes to work with the best cinematographers of the world: Gordon Willis, Sven Nykvist, Vilmos Zsigmond, Darius Khondji.


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** Of course, even when Woody Allen was funny, his movies and jokes were often quite painful, mature and his humor was always dark.
1st Mar '16 10:02:53 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''Film/BlueJasmine'' (2013) - Woody's first New York film since ''Whatever Works'', it features LouisCK, Alec Baldwin, CateBlanchett (who won Best Actress) and Andrew "Dice" Clay.

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* ''Film/BlueJasmine'' (2013) - Woody's first New York film since ''Whatever Works'', Works'' and his first San Francisco film since ''Take the Money and Run''. it features LouisCK, Alec Baldwin, CateBlanchett Creator/LouisCK, Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/CateBlanchett (who won Best Actress) and Andrew "Dice" Clay.Creator/AndrewDiceClay.
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