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Movie Natters: January 5, 2008 Archive

Listening to Woody Allen

Posted at 1:45 PM on January 5, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Like many folk whose teenage years coincided with the 70's Woody Allen has been both a joy and a disappointment to me.

The delight provided by hours of viewing then line-recitation brought about by seeing "Sleeper," "Bananas," "Love and Death," or even "What's Up Tiger Lily," faded into a morass of disbelief and boredom as the films got more serious and the bizarre soap opera of Woody's life became more interesting than his work. And then even that paled.

So it was great to hear him talking with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition today. It displays some of his old vinegar, which is good to hear.

Woody is back with "Cassandra's Dream," another serious film, but one which seems to have some bite to it. He also muses on what he's learned - and he seems almost proud that it's not a lot.

And just as a reminder, here's some "Sleeper."

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