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Woody Allen: A Documentary 

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A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.

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Robert B. Weide
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Episode complete credited cast:
Woody Allen ... Himself
Letty Aronson ... Herself - Sister of Woody Allen
Marshall Brickman ... Himself
Josh Brolin ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Penélope Cruz ... Herself
John Cusack ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Banderas ... Himself
Larry David ... Himself
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Himself
Seth Green ... Himself
Robert Greenhut Robert Greenhut ... Himself
Mariel Hemingway ... Herself
Annette Insdorf ... Herself
Charles H. Joffe Charles H. Joffe ... Himself (archive footage)
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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 B. Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. "Woody Allen: A Documentary" chronicles Allen's career - from teen writer to Sid Caesar's TV scribe, from stand-up comedian to award-winning writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. Exploring Allen's writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors first-hand, new interviews with A-listers, writing partners, family and friends provide insight and backstory to the usually inscrutable filmmaker. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy is easy. Dying is hard.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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PBS Version (3 hours in two parts) See more »

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References La Cage aux Folles (1978) See more »

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Paper Doll
Written by Johnny Black
Performed by the The Mills Brothers
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Only OK
5 June 2012 | by FrostyChudSee all my reviews

I used to be a major Woody Allen fan. This documentary was disappointing for a couple of reasons. First of all, it doesn't go deep enough. It's a little fluffy. We want to hear more about Woody's private life. Woody also seems to have lost the verve he used to have. He looks and sounds old, tired, and boring. He doesn't reveal anything. You sense that he's not making any particular effort to tell the truth...just rehashing private talking points. It feels almost like a press release.

Woody Allen married his stepdaughter, whom he first met as a little girl. Let's say that again: Woody Allen cheated on the woman he had built a life with with her teenage daughter. Any biography that does not confront this is fluff.

The man appears to have been swallowed up by his famous neuroses.

Ultimately we learn nothing new here...it's nice to see where he grew up and nice to see the old photos but that's about it.


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