American documentary maker Robert Weide, author of several noteworthy biopics (Max Brothers, W.C. Fields, Lenny Bruce, etc.), has plunged into the teeming world of the filmmaker for a documentary combining stories and archives.
A handful of anecdotes serve to highlight the patient work undertaken by Robert Weide in making Woody Allen: A Documentary, a biopic of a little over one hour fifty – as against over three and a half hours in its uncut form, on one of the most prolific filmmakers in contemporary cinema.
After two decades trying to persuade Woody Allen, Weide has spent a year and a half in the filmmaker's wake, following him even into his apartment in order to capture his personal world and hear his secrets. It was a golden opportunity, bearing in mind that in a career spanning fifty-years and over forty films, the director of Manhattan (1979) has given very little away.
From his native Brooklyn to the release ofMidnight in Paris, in 2011, Robert Weide has explored Woody Allen's journey through a combination of archival footage, anecdotes from film sets and the director's own revelations about his working method. The documentary also backs up the filmmaker's views with a series of testimonials from stars who have worked with him throughout his career, featuring several key contributions from a cast including Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Naomi Watts and Owen Wilson.
The film will be screened at 2:30 p.m. in Salle du Soixantième in the presence of the film team.