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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask, 1972

Twitching, pink-eared rabbits crowd the opening credits begetting on a monstrous scale to Cole Porter’s Let’s Misbehave. Expectations are secured; let the scratching of the eternal itch commence.  Woody Allen’s adaptation followed three years of  roaring success of Dr. David … Continue reading

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Play It Again, Sam, 1972

In today’s Observer interview Woody Allen speaks about how meeting Diane Keaton transformed how he thought about writing women and how that came to affect his filmmaking: “They were cardboard figures before her, and I made no effort to change … Continue reading

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Bananas, 1971

The opening scene of Bananas perseveres with the playfulness with form seen previously in the mockumentary Take the Money and Run. It opens with a news report on the military coup of fictional Latin American country San Marcos as it … Continue reading

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Biutiful, Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu

You’d be forgiven if The Pursuit of Happyness first springs to mind when you hear about Biutiful; single fathers struggling to provide a stable life for their children and misspelt film titles dressed up as phonetic clarifications for the younger … Continue reading

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Take the Money and Run, 1969

Two twists of fate colluded in Woody Allen’s accession to the movie-making holy trinity of writer/director/actor, thus joining the rarefied ranks of Charlie Chaplin, John Cassavetes, John Huston and Orson Welles. *Ahem* Ben Affleck was to come later.  At first … Continue reading

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Casino Royale, 1967

The 60s must’ve been exhausting. Or maybe it’s just watching the 60s filmed in the 60s that’s so wearisome.  Three instalments in on my Woody reappraisal, and I’ve learned that in this decade, everything hangs on the acquisition of a … Continue reading

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What’s Up, Tiger Lily? 1966, Dir. Woody Allen

With only one other picture under his belt, the title could be called derivative.  Recycling Japanese spy movie “International Secret Police: Key of Keys” for his directorial debut? Doesn’t seem like the most auspicious of beginnings. Yet, Allen is playful with … Continue reading

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