Robert Weide on making Woody Allen: A Documentary


Robert Weide talks to Alan Yentob about making the definitive Woody Allen documentary.

Robert Weide's documentary credits include profiles of W.C. Fields and Lenny Bruce, and he was director and executive producer of the first five series of US comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.

After trying for three decades, Weide was given the unprecedented access he wanted to make Woody Allen: A Documentary. In this interview, he talks with Alan Yentob about gaining Allen's trust and getting him to talk candidly and revealingly about his life and work.

We see the director in his childhood neighbourhood, working with Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin on set, and at home with the 1950s Olympia Portable SM3 typewriter he still uses for all of his writing. Weide also relates the story of Allen's idiosyncratic approach to picking his next script - trawling through scraps of paper kept in a bedside drawer - and his analogue script-editing methods.

Woody Allen: A Documentary is showing in two parts for BBC One's imagine... on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 July at 10.35pm, and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

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