2012, Movies

Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012, Robert B. Weide)

Putting aside the possible moral objection some may have to Woody Allen, this is a decent summary of his career as a filmmaker (and, before that, as a comedian). It’s a little odd in its approach, given that the first “half” (I watched it on Netflix) is fairly chronological, but the second part is less so.

It’s not particularly critical – everyone who is interviewed is an admirer – but given his oeuvre and his importance in the history of American cinema, I think we could normally excuse that.

But for me, the reason this is not the film it should have been is that it barely addresses the elephant in the room. Much like Kazan and his testimony, how Allen met his current wife is something that disturbs many people. And it’s barely discussed. That’s a problem, to me. Not because I think Allen should be shunned because of his personal life (I don’t think that Kazan’s films should be dismissed because of what he did), but because I think a film about Woody Allen is rather incomplete if it dodges the question, as this does.


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