Woody Allen withdraws. With a dull roar of panic among her fans. Indeed no, she does not withdraw. Ah … So, Woody, retirement or not? First the American director with desperate humor, in Paris on the set of his new film entitled Wasp 22, he had said: «My next film will be number 50, I think it’s a good time to stop», «my idea, in principle, is to stop making films and concentrate on writing». Okay, something that smacks of a lot of withdrawal. And then the denial shortly after, by her spokesperson. «Woody Allen never said he wanted to retire (…). He said that he was thinking of not making films, since the idea of making films that end up directly or very quickly on streaming platforms does not appeal to him ». Okay, no withdrawals, but no new movies either. He smacks of a Woody Allen joke, a denial he confirms. Like: “I wasn’t following you: I was following you at a distance, not losing sight of you,” as he said in the role of Alvy in Me and Annie.
Disenchanted comedian, irreverent humorist, Woody Allen delights in saying and not saying. Overwhelmed by practical and existential doubts, neurotic intellectual plagued by the eternal question of the meaning of life, his characters are so close and witty anti-heroes.
We too are invaded by doubts whether Woody will retire or not, in the meantime we dispel the question by watching one of his films. Which one to choose between his overflowing filmography? We opt for yours five funniest movies, at least in our opinion. Woody Allen will prove us wrong, for sure.
Annie and Me (1977)
“I would never want to belong to any club that has someone like me among its members”: it is the key joke of my life as an adult in relation to my relationships with women ‘. With this part of the monologue Woody Allen begins his Me and Annie, Oscar-winning film which won four statuettes, including one for best original screenplay, judged by the Writers Guild of America, the United States Writers’ Syndicate, the funniest script ever.
Woody Allen with his alter ego Alvy Singer hilariously tells about his broken relationship trying to understand the knots that led to the breakup. So direct and, as usual, autobiographical. With Diane Keaton. Hilarious. And to think that the film had to be titled Anhedoniapsychiatric term for the inability to feel pleasure.
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in the movie “Me and Annie”
The Sleepyhead (1973)
The sleepyhead it’s a crazy futurist comedy where every line hits the mark.
Cryogenically frozen after dying during routine surgery in the 1970s, Woody Allen aka Miles Monroe awakens 200 years later in a future where fruits and vegetables are as big as public monuments and couples have sex in a specially designed cylindrical machine. , the Orgasmatron, able to lead to orgasm in seconds. Obviously also in 2173 is not lacking Diane Keaton.
An example of Allen at the peak of his comedy, attentive not only to jokes but also to gestureswhich draws on silent cinema with creativity.
Love and War (1975)
Amusing satire of the great Russian literature, a good-naturedly disrespectful parody of what we have learned to revere, Love and war sees Allen as Boris, a Russian villager pining from afar for his beautiful cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton).
Between silly antics Marx brothers style and slapstick ingenuity, perhaps it would have made Dostoevsky smile too.
Between the jokes noted? “There are heterosexual men and bisexual men, and men who do not think about sex at all and then become a lawyer.”
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in the movie “Love and War”
The Bananas Free State Dictator (1971)
At the origins of Woody Allen, who lacks the sophistication of later films but overflows with bold comedy. His third film as an actor director, third and last written with director friend Mickey Rose, una political fantasy comedy which is a cheerful fair of paradox, with a slapstick and nonsense humor, in the wake of the Marx brothers.
Allen plays Fielding Mellish, an unfortunate New York Jew who desperately tries to impress an attractive young activist (Louise Lasser) by joining a band of revolutionaries; he will naturally become a leader similar to Che Guevara.
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Written with his childhood friend and comedy writer Mickey Rose, in Take the Money and Run Allen plays Virgil Starkwell, a criminal wanted in six states for assault, armed robbery and illegal possession of a wart.
With the narrative structure of fake documentary, follows the life of this criminal so inept that his handwriting thwarts a bank robbery. Between gag and some cinematic innocence as a young author on the launch pad.