Last month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Annie Hall. In the decades since, Woody Allen has proven a remarkably prolific filmmaker, navigating the ever-evolving landscape of Hollywood economics so efficiently he’s delivered a new film every year. Last year, Allen doubled down, making his TV debut with the Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes in addition to his 30s-set comedy Café Society, and true to form he’s already wrapped up his next film, Wonder Wheel, for which he reunited with Amazon Studios.
With Wonder Wheel completed, Allen joined Robert Weide, director of 2012’s Woody Allen: A Documentary, for an hour-long Facebook Live Q&A. During the chat, the director talked a bit about latest movie, a 1950s period drama set on Coney Island starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, and Justin Timberlake, but most of the conversation highlighted his reflections on his fifty-plus year filmmaking career. The wide-ranging interview spans from why Allen isn’t a sentimentalist about shooting on film, to his thoughts on the cutthroat business of filmmaking and why Amazon is such a good patron of the arts. He also talked about his surprise that Annie Hall and Manhattan have proved his most enduring films despite the fact he considers some of his later works better movies (he’s also not a fan of Hannah and Her Sisters) and the decision to stop making films without complete creative control.
It’s an interesting, if occasionally a bit pretentious (it’s Woody Allen, y’all), chat from someone with decades worth of industry insight, working both in and outside the studios. Check out the full interview below: