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Woody Allen Documentary - Impossible to find any info about a DVD release


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Why is it impossible to find ANY information anywhere on the entire internet, not one thread, not one comment, not one conversation about why this isn't on DVD? It was released in 2002, you would think that somebody somewhere inquired at least once to TCM or to Woody Allen or to the Director... but alas I'm stumped. If anyone here has any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it.





"Woody Allen: A Life in Film"


Directed by

Richard Schickel




Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002) is a documentary by film critic, author and historian Richard Schickel that is highlighted by a rare and candid interview with the New York based director and actor Woody Allen. The interview, shot exclusively for this documentary in New York in October 2001, marks the first time Allen has participated in an American documentary about his career. Woody Allen: A Life in Film examines Allen's work on such landmark films as Annie Hall (1977), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989,). The interview and film clips, including scenes from his most recent film, Hollywood Ending, will be used to examine Allen's childhood, explore what drew him to writing and directing and highlight his prolific career.


Produced and directed by noted Time magazine writer and filmmaker Richard Schickel, the 90-minute show delves into the career of one of the foremost American filmmakers of the 20th century. Allen will share anecdotes about his extensive body of work from the past three-and-a-half decades to help audiences understand why these films continue to entertain the public as well as his technique of using both humor and drama to tackle personal issues and explore universal themes such as life, death, religion and sex.


Born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1935, Allen got his start writing for radio and television. He wrote and starred in his first film, What's New, Pussycat? (May 18, 4 a.m.), in 1965 and has since gone on to make more than 40 films. "I've tried to make a serious, and intimate yet entertaining portrait of a great filmmaker's development and creative processes," said Schickel. "I don't believe Woody has ever spoken so openly about the way he works or offered such frank opinions about his own films in any other camera interview ever."


His latest film, Hollywood Ending, which Allen wrote, directed and co-starred in, also features Debra Messing, Treat Williams, Tea Leoni and George Hamilton. Allen stars as an out-of-work movie director who tries to make a comeback.


Schickel, one of the nation's most influential film critics, has been reviewing movies for Time magazine since 1972. He has also made a name for himself as a producer, writer and director, and, in addition to The Men Who Made the Movies, he has more than 20 documentaries, including four star portraits for Turner Network Television (Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck and Clint Eastwood), Emmy-nominated biographies of directors Vincente Minnelli and Elia Kazan as well as a study of legendary special effects artist Ray Harryhausen. His most recent film was Shooting War, a two-hour history of World War II combat cameramen for ABC. He is also the author of 29 books, among them The Disney Version, D.W. Griffith: An American Life and Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity. His most recent volume is Matinee Idylls, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He was recently awarded the Maurice Bessy Prize for his lifetime achievements in film criticism.


BW & C-89m. Closed captioning.

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