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Woody Allen Collection, Vol. 1

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
One part Groucho Marx, one part Sigmund Freud, and just enough Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman to wow the highbrows, Woody Allen established himself in the 1970s as a writer-actor-director uniquely capable of creating films that are hilarious -- and often tragic -- worlds unto themselves. Or perhaps unto himself: Although his onscreen persona remained a neurotic mess and does to this day, his films grew through the decade from mere ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
One part Groucho Marx, one part Sigmund Freud, and just enough Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman to wow the highbrows, Woody Allen established himself in the 1970s as a writer-actor-director uniquely capable of creating films that are hilarious -- and often tragic -- worlds unto themselves. Or perhaps unto himself: Although his onscreen persona remained a neurotic mess and does to this day, his films grew through the decade from mere comic gems to deeply affecting studies of human relationships. The eight films in this set make for an entertaining look at that evolution. The decade begins with four romps rife with the Marx Brothers-inspired anarchy: Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask, Sleeper, and Love and Death. The latter three establish Diane Keaton as an Allen regular -- a modern Margaret Dumont to his would-be Groucho -- but the comic mood changes drastically in the films that followed 1977's Annie Hall, Allen's most successful and significant film. Sacrificing slapstick for dry wit, this multiple Oscar winner cemented Allen's place in the filmmaking firmament. Interiors, the Bergman homage he served as Annie Hall's follow-up, remains a dramatic enigma amid this otherwise funny field. In 1979's Manhattan, -- shot by cinematographer Gordon Willis in breathtaking black and white -- Allen returned to the turf he'd so wonderfully staked out in Annie Hall: a nostalgic and stylized New York where infidelity is a terminal disease and psychiatry an amusingly inadequate cure. The set's final installment, Stardust Memories, is often compared to Fellini's 8 1/2, and it finds Allen satirizing his newfound celebrity. Viewed today together with Manhattan -- with its May-September romantic theme -- one can't help but be struck by the eerie foreshadowing of the controversy surrounding Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2000
  • UPC: 027616850812
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Presentation: 8 Pack
  • Format: VHS

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