Woody Allen: A Documentary
I saw this documentary film recently on the in-flight entertainment on a long-haul flight and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Directed by Robert B Weide, the documentary covers Woody's days as a gag-writer for newspapers and his eventual rise to stardom with movies like Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and Zelig (1983). It also gives a lot of information on Woody's boyhood days and early life and family. The movie also briefly discusses Woody's affair with Soon-Yi, the step daughter of his partner Mia Farrow that caused quite a sensation way back in 1992. Personally, I would say that one cannot judge these things and the fact that the couple have stayed happily married since 1997 cannot be ignored.
To me Woody comes across as a creative genius who is searching for Truth which is also sometimes reflected in the characters in his films. In some of his personal interviews in the film, Woody talks a lot about what is reality and questions the true purpose of life.
On the whole I found the documentary inspiring and would recommend to anyone who would want to know more about Woody Allen, his creative mind and his journey to success. P.S. I also enjoyed the part where he shows how he begins to write the script for a film and his ancient typewriter. :)