This isn’t real life.
David Edelstein reviews Woody Allen's latest film Blue Jasmine:
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Greta Gerwig talks to Terry Gross about working with one of her idols — Woody Allen — on his film To Rome with Love:
Whenever you work with someone who you idolize, you realize … he’s just a person trying to make a movie as best he knows how and that doesn’t look so different from other people trying to do the same thing. And he’s wildly smart and brilliant and funny, but it’s moviemaking and there’s something kind of democratic about how difficult it is because everybody — whether you’re Woody Allen or Noah or P.T. Anderson — it’s hard. Making movies is a hard thing and it’s slow. So you can glorify the product, but the process is difficult no matter who you are.”
Image of Gerwig and Allen at the premiere for To Rome with Love via The Hollywood Reporter
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I was bringing home Woody Allen before he was Woody Allen, Richard Pryor before he was Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin before she was Lily Tomlin. These are weird people walking up the driveway. This is not a nice boy from Yale. You ever shake Woody’s hand? Put your hand in a glass of water and then shake your hand. Woody was very weird and very brilliant, but they didn’t see that far.
Love and Death (1975) | Woody Allen
Woody Allen: The Fresh Air Interview: "In the problems of movie making, if you don’t solve your problem, all that happens to you is that your movie bombs. So the movie is terrible. So people don’t come to see it … This is hardly a terrible punishment compared to what you’re given out in the real world of human existence."
There’s an old joke: uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of ‘em says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know, and such small portions.”
Tomorrow: We rebroadcast an interview with Woody Allen, remember Etta James and hear a review of the new HBO series Luck.
From the archives: Woody Allen
David Edelstein reviews Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris: “Allen has made the lure of nostalgia the theme of his supernatural comedy Midnight in Paris, which might be why this is his best, most emotionally pure film in over a decade. It’s a romantic fantasy that’s also a sly act of self-criticism.”