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      Woody Allen: A Documentary

      2012 1h 53m Documentary List
      91% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 88% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Filmmaker Robert B. Weide chronicles the life of the actor, comedian and director and his creative processes. Read More Read Less
      Woody Allen: A Documentary

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      Driving aside the most polemical aspects of the director's biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary draws an interesting picture of the filmmaker's opus while allowing some glimpses of his intense personal life.

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      Peter Bradshaw Guardian This documentary is a pleasure, though we don't get too far beneath the surface. Rated: 3/5 Jun 7, 2012 Full Review Robbie Collin Daily Telegraph (UK) There is more to Woody Allen: A Documentary than its modest title suggests, although perhaps not quite enough to justify swapping that "a" for "the". Rated: 3/5 Jun 7, 2012 Full Review Nigel Andrews Financial Times I could have watched this armada forever. The clips alone, from Sleeper, Annie Hall, Zelig and others, pageant his greatness. Rated: 4/5 Jun 7, 2012 Full Review Michael Leader Den of Geek For the newcomers, the curious and those willing to find out more about Woody, Weide tells a good tale. Rated: 3/5 May 7, 2024 Full Review Alexandra Hayward CineVue Why do we love? Why do we die? Weide's biography talks about the filmmakers's life neither as iconic nor a piece of scandalous tabloid fodder, but as a quest to explore our most basic human concerns. Rated: 3/5 Jan 8, 2019 Full Review Yasmin Shehab Cairo360 There's nothing innovative or particularly interesting about the film's structure; it is a chronological timeline of Allen's work and doesn't contain much of what may be regarded as new information to the director's fans. Rated: 2.5/5 Sep 28, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      andres s Woody Allan is one of my favorites. Seeing his story and how he got to where he is now is really remarkable. He did so much during his lifetime. Watching this documentary, I can't help but love Woody Allen even more. Getting to know him on a more personal and creative level really makes me appreciate him as a person as well as his work. Seeing how hardworking and talented he is but also how shy and reserved as a person he is, it seems somewhat relatable to me. It's insane how much the media blew up the whole affair between Woody and Farrow's adopted asian daughter. I think what I learned most from Woody was his way of working with actors and the scripts. It's very admirable and humbling to see how he would let the actor kind of make their decision on how to deliver line or say line or act a certain way. He was very lenient and loose with his approach at directing actors which is something I feel that is unheard of in the industry. I think what I love most about Woody is that he is going to make movies that he likes and wants to do. He doesn't feel like he has to outdo his last movie or that he has to be contemporary or push the cinematic boundaries. He doesn't feel like he needs to please the audience. He does what he wants and that's something that I kind definitely respect. Terrific documentary about one of the best and funniest directors who ever lived. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member First half of documentary is better than the second but don't let that put you off. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member #woodyallenretro Podcast Project Robert Weide puts together a super comprehensive look at Woodys life from a young boy to his early comic days and then to his growing movie endeavours - and unlike most celebrity documentaries Woody himself takes us through this deep dive every step of the way, making it much more immersive and flavoursome that other docs of the same ilk. Even as a big fan of Allen, this long and in depth journey shines light on many of Allens quirky processes and even getting some rare on set footage of his filming style. This one is certainly a teat for fans and even non fans may get some welcome surprises on Woody's professional career as well as fun thoughts and opinions by actors, directors and people of interest from Hollywood - this is a full hardy and fun watch and we HAVE to give hats off to Weide for getting Woody on board to even do this in such a surprising and supportive way. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This thing is nearly four hours long, yet it's so perfectly paced and incisive I could watch it for another four. Better yet, what I really wanna do is go through and watch every single Woody Allen movie in chronological order...including the bad ones. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Lots of good stuff here. If you love quirky comedy and self-deprecation then this is perfect. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Não apresenta nada de novo. Mas ainda assim diverte demais. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Filmmaker Robert B. Weide chronicles the life of the actor, comedian and director and his creative processes.
      Director
      Robert B. Weide
      Producer
      Robert B. Weide
      Screenwriter
      Robert B. Weide
      Production Co
      Rat Entertainment
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 53m