Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Woody Allen: A Documentary

Woody Allen: A Documentary
Dir. Robert B Weide
Country: USA
Aus Rating: M15+
Running Time: 110mins (Theatrical Cut)

Despite what Hollywood tries to tell us every year throughout awards season, there are actually not all that many old white men whose tales are interesting enough to form a movie around. Especially less so when it comes to those in the film industry; if you’ve seen one Hollywood biopic you have more or less seen them all. The story of Woody Allen, however, is ripe for a “ripped from the headlines!” movie, which is why it’s so nice to see rather a respectful,l unsensationalised documentary on him. The 110-minute documentary that screens at ACMI and the Sydney Film Festival in June is a shortened edition of the 195-minute PBS version and sadly feels it, too.

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I mentioned that this film felt "skimmed" and was instantly informed by several followers on Twitter that that is because, well, it is. The film is distributed by Transmission so we can be assured that the longer edition that aired on American TV earlier this year will find its way to us eventually.

1 comment:

Thea Ioannou said...

I'm a huge fan of Woody Allen, I'll have to check this documentary out, I haven't heard of it before!

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