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Released 1971
Distributor United Artists

Very smart and very silly, Woody Allen solidified his standing as a Groucho Marx for the new generation in Bananas, a throwback to the Marx Brothers’ absurdist comedies of the thirties shot through the cynical prism of Nixon’s seventies. In this 1971 farce, Woody finds himself propped up as the political leader of a Latin American revolution when all he’s really trying to do is get laid. The late, great Jack Davis did the appropriately “Mad” poster art.

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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.