Woody Allen is one of the most hilarious and most intellectual comics to grace the modern day world. Since the early fifties, Allen has made every generation laugh, cry and fall in love with his on-screen persona. I immediately fell in love with Allen’s work after watching the highly acclaimed Annie Hall. The opening sequence of the film captured my heart instantly as Allen discusses the pessimism in his life. I find melancholia wonderful, but Allen makes it funny and more attractive. It is unfortunate that there is a severe lack of interest in Allen’s work throughout my generation.
Some of you may read this and say “But of course Woody Allen still matters!” With over 40 works created in his career at present, Allen still is making films today. One of his most recent works, “Midnight In Paris“, was highly acclaimed. It won 18 awards, including an Oscar. But I feel that Allen is not celebrated enough. His adorable cynicism and wry humour are bound to leave anyone infatuated.
My favourite Woody Allen film is Manhattan; although it is very difficult to select a favourite. It is a beautiful romantic comedy about a divorcee (Allen) who is lost in life. He is dating a minor who is 25 years his junior. His ex-wife has come out as a lesbian and is writing a detailed book about their failed marriage. He quit his job and is unemployed. As you can see, things aren’t going exactly well for Isaac. Until he meets his best friend’s lover, Mary (Diane Keaton).
As well as being captivating and witty, the film comments on human nature. Isaac and Yale are both fickle and abandon the people who care most about them. It may seem very sorrowful, but Allen has the talent of turning this sadness into something light-hearted, while still preserving it’s intended meaning.
Allen is a true genius and comedy would not be the same without him. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential writer/directors to ever exist and is an extremely talented actor as well. Here is my top ten Woody Allen films:
- Annie Hall
- Midnight In Paris
- Play It Again, Sam
- Hannah And Her Sisters
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona
- Love and Death
- Stardust Memories
- The Purple Rose of Cairo
- Husbands and Wives
Each film is as witty and beautiful as the last. If you’re not a Woody Allen fan already, you should definitely sample his work. His unique style is pleasant and enjoyable for all.
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.
—- Woody Allen