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This documentary profiles the life and work of filmmaker Woody Allen. The program presents an interview with Allen interspersed with clips from his films. Some of the interview segments are marked with title cards. In the first segment, "The Early Funny Ones," Allen addresses the slapstick comedy films that launched his career, including "Bananas," "Take the Money and Run," and "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask." Allen confesses that he was "humiliated" when he saw the film adaptation of his script for "What's New Pussycat?" and he vowed that he would never again let someone else direct material that he had written. He also says that he learned about structure making his early films even though he maintains that these films used structure merely as "an armature on which to hang lots of jokes." In the next segment, "The Anxiety of Influence," Allen talks about the person and place that have influenced him most: Bob Hope and the borough of Manhattan. Next, in "A Turning Point," Allen discusses the critical acclaim that met his first attempt at mixing comedy and drama, "Annie Hall." When Allen moves on to "Manhattan," he reflects on the precocious character played by Mariel Hemingway. Discussing his acting, Allen says that he has "no acting range at all." "I can play two types," he says. "An intellectual because of the way I look and a lowlife because of the way I am." After identifying his favorites among the films that he has made, which include "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Zelig," the documentary looks at Allen's latest project, "Hollywood Ending."


  • DATE: May 4, 2002 Saturday 5:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:28:26
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:70208
  • GENRE: Arts documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Motion picture producers and directors
  • SERIES RUN: TCM - TV, 2002


  • Tom Brown … Executive Producer
  • Melissa Roller … Supervising Producer
  • Richard Schickel … Producer, Director, Writer
  • Doug Freeman … Co-Producer, Music by
  • Woody Allen
  • Mariel Hemingway
  • Bob Hope
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