Woody Allen and His Two Worst, But Most Crucial, Films

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A piece for The Moviola on Woody Allen’s Anything Else and Hollywood Ending: two really bad films, but nonetheless important to understanding the filmmaker’s work as a whole.

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Around the time Husbands and Wives was released in 1992, Woody Allen had tap danced himself into the crosshairs of the media and the public. Overshadowing his take on Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage was his personal life. I think we all know the story by now, but a quick summation amounts to Mia Farrow, and the rest of the country several months later, discovering that Allen had been having an affair with Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi, who had been adopted when Farrow had been with Andre Previn. After that film, Allen released a fair number of interesting, if not masterful, films: the charming Manhattan Murder Mystery with Diane Keaton (think middle aged Alvy and Annie Hall), the outstanding Bullets Over Broadway, the quaint take on Pygmalion Mighty Aphrodite, the music infused Everybody Says I Love You, the meta-textual Deconstructing Harry (a great article on…

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