Woody Allen’s breakthrough film, released 40 years ago this week, is a finely observed romance, a surreal time-traveling autobiography and a stand-up comedy confessional. With the help of cinematographer Gordon Willis and editor Ralph Rosenblum, Allen juggles those disparate elements with the skill of a Houdini. Diane Keaton’s exquisitely flakey and funny performance was rewarded by the Academy who named her the Best Actress of 1977.
Here’s Bob Weide with more thoughts on Woody Allen.
About Robert Weide
Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.