The Films of Woody Allen – Part One

Woody Allen was born in 1935 in New York City and was raised in Midwood, Brooklyn. As a teenager he began writing jokes for the agent David O Alber who sold them to newspaper columnists. He was discovered by the stand up comic Milt Kamen, who got him his first writing job with Sid Caesar. After high school, he went to New York University where he studied film and communication but he was far from committed and was eventually expelled. He managed to land a job as a full-time writer for Herb Shriner, by the time he was nineteen he started writing scripts for the Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show and Caesar’s Hour. In 1961, he started a new career as a stand-up comedian, debuting in a club called Duplex in Greenwich Village becoming popular enough to appear on the cover of Life magazine in 1969.

He also became a successful playwright on Broadway with the plays Don’t Drink the Water and Play it Again, Sam. During his first movie productions, Allen learnt that he needed to be in full control of production if he wanted to realise his artistic ambitions. All of Allen’s early films were screwball comedies that relied heavily on slapstick and non-stop one-liners. Annie Hall (1976) marked a major turning point in his career, it marked the beginning of a more mature and sophisticated brand of comedy. The film won four Academy Awards including Best Picture. In total, his films have earned him fourteen Academy nominations and three Oscars personally and his cast and crew have won six Academy awards. He regularly employs the same key crew – cinematographers Sven Nyquist, Gordon Willis and Carlo DiPalma; producer Jean Doumanian; and cast members -Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Mia Farrow and Scarlett Johansson.

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