November 17, 2011


Beginning Sunday Night, PBS’ American Masters series will air Woody Allen: A Documentary, and the film’s trailer has been posted online.  No matter your thoughts about the hit-and-miss aspect of his later films or how you feel about his personal life (which shouldn’t matter in the first place if you’re appraising his art), Woody Allen is a legend of American cinema.  Director Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) was allowed unprecedent access to Allen and followed him through the making of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger through the premiere of Midnight in Paris (a film which will probably earn Allen his 15th Oscar nomination for screenwriting).   Along the way, Weide conducted a plethora of interviews with Allen’s peers and the actors he’s worked with over the course of his long career.  While the trailer makes the movie looks more like a celebration of Allen rather than a warts-and-all documentary, Allen is a director who should be celebrated for his work and I’m excited to see how Weide has approached his subject.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Woody Allen: A Documentary is a three-and-a-half film that will air in two parts.  Part one will run Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 PM, and part two airs Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 PM.  Click here for what producer Brett Ratner had to say about the documentary.

Trailer via PBS via FirstShowing.

Watch Woody Allen: A Documentary on PBS. See more from AMERICAN MASTERS.


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  • Screenphile1

    That the work of any artist is separable from their personal lives is dependent upon what they are doing on a personal level. By way of example, I don’t care how great the films of Roman Polanski are (I actually don’t think too much of the films of his that I have seen, Rosemary’s Baby being a primary example) considered to be because I will always see the man as a rapist who skipped the country instead of serving time.

    The same thing applies to, though to a lesser extent, to Mel Gibson. I will as some point start to watch his films again, but at this point I am not feeling it.

    • jesse

      Agreed. I was about to post the exact same thing. I dont watch Roman Polanski films for just that reason.

      If Charles Manson was a talented ice sculptor, would the author of this article be saying that it doesnt matter how you feel about his personal life (which shouldn’t matter in the first place if you’re appraising his art)…???