Watching These Classic Woody Allen Films This Holiday Season!
Allen’s distinctively edgy approach has made him one of Hollywood’s most recognizable directors. Following his debut as a director in 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily, Allen focused on the dramas of the middle-to-upper class. The New Hollywood wave director earned numerous accolades from the film industry over the years, including four Academy Awards and a host of other awards. Allen has collaborated successfully with all of Hollywood’s top actors and actresses throughout the course of his more than 50-year career. He has produced a number of well-liked films that were well-received by critics and viewers. The well-known artist, who was born in New York City, has just blown out 87 candles. Wasp 22 is his forthcoming noir comedy, which is currently in development in Paris, France.
Annie Hall (1977)
The best Woody Allen picture, and arguably one of the greatest movies ever created. In the film he wrote, directed, and starred in, Allen played a variety of roles. This was one of the first times the director portrayed his well-known neurotic character who is plagued by unending existential concerns on camera. The Academy honored Allen with the Awards for Best Script, Direction, and Best Picture, marking the first time in his long career that he had skipped the Oscars. Diane Keaton, who served as his inspiration, won the Best Actress award.
The best film Allen has ever directed, along with Annie Hall.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
A love letter to the city where he was born and raised, Manhattan is an ode by Allen to his hometown. One of the best ways to start a story in media res continues to be the famous Manhattan opening. Allen collaborated with Keaton once more in his own movie as the mistress of a divorced comedy writer’s best buddy (Michael Murphy). Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne, and Mariel Hemingway were members of TheManhattancast. Three Oscar nominations were given to the film, including Best Original Screenplay.
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Another superb example of Allen’s humorous writing and directing is Hannah and Her Sisters. Over the course of two years, the story follows a family through all of their tragedies and mishaps. In addition to Allen himself, the ensemble cast included Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Dianne Wiest, and Maureen O’Sullivan. Audiences, critics, and industry insiders were entranced by Hannah and Her Sisters, which eventually won three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Caine and Best Supporting Actress for Wiest.
As time went on, Allen made fewer appearances in front of the camera in his own films and opted to let other actors play various incarnations of him. In this 1994 criminal comedy, John Cusack played David Shayne, an idealistic playwright who is urgently trying to raise money for his own play. Bullets Over Broadway earned Dianne Wiest her second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and garnered seven Oscar nominations, tying Hannah and Her Sisters for Allen’s career-high. Jim Broadbent, Harvey Fierstein, Chazz Palminteri, and Mary-Louise Parker were all part of the cast.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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Midnight in Paris is among the top Woody Allen films of the new millennium. Gil Pender (a magnificent Owen Wilson), an American writer who spends some time in Paris prior to his wedding to his annoying fiancé, is the subject of the Academy Award-winning original narrative (Rachael McAdams). In the City of Light, magic comes to life when dusk falls.
Gil encounters F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dal, and many other intellectuals of the Belle Epoque era thanks to a clever time machine. By presenting his interpretation of what Paris meant for the world during the Roaring Twenties, Allen paid respect to some of his literary heroes. Along with others, the cast included Michael Sheen, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Adrien Brody. The film was highly profitable and brought in more than $154 million, making it Allen’s largest box office hit to date.