November 26, 2015

Here's an Infographic That Illustrates Woody Allen's 50 Years of Filmmaking

When it comes to comedy, no filmmaker does it quite like the incomparable Woody Allen.

His list of accolades for his work is a lengthy one; it includes 5 Oscar wins, 24 nominations, as well as the #1 spot on the WGA's list of 101 Funniest Screenplays (for Annie Hall). So clearly, studying a career like Allen's, which now spans half a damn century, would do any and every filmmaker some tremendous good.

Illustrator Nathan Gelgud has created an infographic for Signature that takes a sweeping look at different aspects of the Bronx-born director's work, like how he managed to keep creative control of his films, his themes, and why Stardust Memories, not Annie Hall or Manhattan, is the quintessential Woody Allen movie (even though his fans took as kind of an insult and basically said, "Peace"). Enjoy!

What do you think about Gelgud's reading of Woody Allen's career? Do you think that Allen has ever made "a truly great movie?" If so, which one? Let us know in the comments below.     

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It's a shame that Stardust Memories had such a critical panning as it's a superb film, light-years ahead of its time. The scene in which Sandy remembers Dorrie's breakdown is an astonishing piece of cinema:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKTrR260rBI

November 26, 2015 at 4:02PM

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Jon Mills
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His films unlocked doorways to so many things in my life. Super thankful for this guy. Plus, whenever I feel blue, his movies just take the sting off.

November 27, 2015 at 1:12AM

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Micah Van Hove
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In all due respect to Alisa Lepster, an excellent editor in her own right and Woody Allen's editor for the last 15 years, Susan Morse was Woody Allen's editor during his golden period. Many of the films that Woody Allen is known for was through their collaboration.

Justin... you probably had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Alisa Lepster. Great. And you did passingly mention Susan Morse in your piece. But by not going into a little more discussion into the working relationship between Woody Allen and Susan Morse is like talking about NY Yankee greats (like Yogi Berra) without mentioning Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig. Susan Morse deserves to be in your conversation more than that the short paragraph that you wrote.

I'm just saying.

Bruce Mermelstein
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November 27, 2015 at 9:21AM

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Bruce Mermelstein
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Purple Rose of Cairo is his most emotionally affecting movie
Manhattan is an obvious but undeniable choice, but something I go back to over and over, That walk through the Space Museum is ingrained in my memory, the entire movie is so good that even the creep factor of Mariel Hemingways age can be looked over.
Blue Jasmine is like his Frenzy (Hitchcock making movies like a young 40 year old).

November 29, 2015 at 6:46PM

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