At the height of his critical enshrinement after hitting the jackpot with Annie Hall and Manhattan, Woody Allen attempted his own version of Fellini’s 8 1/2, about a filmmaker who re-examines his life and loves at a fan-filled retrospective of his works. It was roundly rejected by critics and audiences as a misjudged, cynical muddle of pretension and narcissism. Overlooked was the fact that this intensely personal (as opposed to autobiographical) project was and remains one of Allen’s most profound and lasting achievements, and one of his own favorites among his films.
About Larry Karaszewski
Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood. Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes. Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.