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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by bootjangler (U880875) on Tuesday, 23rd July 2013

    BBC1 now (Tues until 00:30)

    Please Beeb, show some of his early ones. You know, the silly ones.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...

    imagine... presents Robert B Weide's intimate two-part study of the multi-Oscar winning New York auteur.

    In this first part, Woody Allen talks candidly about his childhood in Brooklyn, his early fame as a stand-up in New York City and his first forays into screenwriting and filmmaking. He discusses his prolific body of work, which includes some of the most memorable cinematic moments of all time.

    With unprecedented access to the director, Weide reveals the man behind the trademark glasses.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Part Two is on tonight

    Today
    22:35
    BBC One
    EXCEPT WALES, WALES HD

    Woody Allen: A Documentary - Part Two

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...

    Summer 2013
    DURATION: 1 HOUR, 25 MINUTES

    Imagine... presents the second part of Robert B Weide's intimate profile of Woody Allen. The New York writer, director and actor doesn't shy away from discussing his sometimes controversial relationships with the leading ladies in his life, or the hits and misses of an unparalleled body of work spanning five decades of filmmaking.

    Contributors including Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson and John Cusack join Allen's family of filmmakers for a unique insight into one of the most obsessive and enduring directors of all time.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Great part 1 documentary, loved it. Very balance and fair.

    Woody carries all our neuroses so we don't have to.

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    We tried to stay with this excellent programme but it was on too late and, for various reasons, we didn't get to record it. Will it be repeated, Peta?

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    We tried to stay with this excellent programme but it was on too late and, for various reasons, we didn't get to record it. Will it be repeated, Peta?  Probably at some point, but there's nothing listed at the moment, so it could be a long time before it's shown again.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Yes me too, now you've reminded us, can we have a season of his films?

    These are grown up films for adults and not made by action hero nuts.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I'd think the films would be incredibly expensive to get the rights for. The BBC remit is more to concentrate on original material rather than try to compete with the film channels.

    All sorts of film channels would, and do, pay lots for the broadcast rights of these movies, plus they'll all be available on DVD and through the film subscription channels.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Peta, have you suddenly run out of money paying off ex directors?

    You've shown some in the past.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Peta, have you suddenly run out of money paying off ex directors?

    You've shown some in the past. 
    I'm no more happy about that than you are. smiley - winkeye

    We do show some films, and we may show some in future, but that is the reason why we don't show lots. smiley - ok

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    Posted by bootjangler (U880875) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I'd think the films would be incredibly expensive to get the rights for. The BBC remit is more to concentrate on original material rather than try to compete with the film channels.

    All sorts of film channels would, and do, pay lots for the broadcast rights of these movies, plus they'll all be available on DVD and through the film subscription channels. 
    I doubt the early ones (yes I'm *that* sort of fan mainly) like, Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Play it Again Sam, Everything you Wanted to Know about Sex, and Sleeper, are not out of reach and certainly have been on before.

    I know he (and others), get all huffy about their "early funny ones" and later in their career want to 'get serious', but these are funny films and deserve a free-to-air showing.

    It would be sad if the BBC cannot now compete for films, but Raiders was on last week; how much does that cost to show?

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    The recent 'Midnight in Paris' - which has Owen Wilson in the "Woody" role, is very good.

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Thanks Peta. Will record tonight's programme anyway and keep my fingers crossed for future scheduling.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    It would be sad if the BBC cannot now compete for films, but Raiders was on last week; how much does that cost to show?  

    I don't know, but I'd imagine that it'd be fairly cheap, the world and his wife *and* their children have seen it, I can't see many people paying film companies to view it nowadays, it's such a widely seen movie.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Thanks Peta. Will record tonight's programme anyway and keep my fingers crossed for future scheduling.  You could perhaps catch up with the first one on iPlayer?

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Didn't immediately think of that, Peta smiley - sadface. One of those idiot moments smiley - biggrin.

    I blame the humidity.

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    Posted by Garrypenny (U9662607) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Best bit last night was when he was in the marching band playing his cello.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Oh good fox. I was wondering whether it was one of those stupid suggestions and you didn't have access for some reason. smiley - ok

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    No, Peta smiley - smiley I have access despite a ridiculously slow broadband feed so a lot of buffering goes on but no matter. There are ways around this too boring to relate. I just have to find the time. Thanks for reminding me.

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    Posted by bootjangler (U880875) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    Best bit last night was when he was in the marching band playing his cello.  It was interesting that that film, "Take the Money and Run," had executives scratching their heads and making all sorts of cuts. Luckily an experienced producer(?) insisted Woody put it all back in.

    And the film before that, "What's New Pussycat," had his script changed out of recognition by industry "experts." That would explain why I never liked it and after seeing films that came later, could never understand that Allen 'wrote' it.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I started watching but wasn't going to stay up after midnight. It seemed very self indulgent and quite honestly I would rather see his films. Besides I am not Jewish and therefore, according to Alan Yentob, not likely to get as much out of it as he was.

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    Posted by bootjangler (U880875) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I started watching but wasn't going to stay up after midnight. It seemed very self indulgent and quite honestly I would rather see his films. Besides I am not Jewish and therefore, according to Alan Yentob, not likely to get as much out of it as he was.  Why do you watch his films then?

    Many of them have jewish cultural references.
    You don't have to be jewish to understand them.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I started watching but wasn't going to stay up after midnight. It seemed very self indulgent and quite honestly I would rather see his films. Besides I am not Jewish and therefore, according to Alan Yentob, not likely to get as much out of it as he was.  Why do you watch his films then?

    Many of them have jewish cultural references.
    You don't have to be jewish to understand them. 
    Yes, you just have to understand irony.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I started watching but wasn't going to stay up after midnight. It seemed very self indulgent and quite honestly I would rather see his films. Besides I am not Jewish and therefore, according to Alan Yentob, not likely to get as much out of it as he was.  Why do you watch his films then?

    Many of them have jewish cultural references.
    You don't have to be jewish to understand them. 
    I am talking about the documentary not Woody Allen's films which you certainly don't have to be Jewish to enjoy. I just thought that it was a strange comment for Alan Yentob to make.

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  • Message 25

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    Posted by bootjangler (U880875) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    And tonight, what are they going to cover? I don't think it will be for me. Seems like his later relationships, which I don't care about.

    And afterwards, they are showing a film!......drum roll........."Match Point."

    Eh? What?

    As something that *might* reflect his career, that is nowhere near it.

    I suppose it's cheap.

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by becky sharp (U4544768) on Wednesday, 24th July 2013

    I loved this wander through the first part of Woody Allen's life and films and look forward to watching the second part.

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    Posted by olicana_man (U14156932) on Thursday, 25th July 2013

    I started watching but wasn't going to stay up after midnight. It seemed very self indulgent and quite honestly I would rather see his films. Besides I am not Jewish and therefore, according to Alan Yentob, not likely to get as much out of it as he was.  Why do you watch his films then?

    Many of them have jewish cultural references.
    You don't have to be jewish to understand them. 
    I am talking about the documentary not Woody Allen's films which you certainly don't have to be Jewish to enjoy. I just thought that it was a strange comment for Alan Yentob to make. 
    Yes, what did Yentob add. Wish we could get away from the Jewish thing about Jewish humour. I guess he got paid for making a minor and pointless introduction to the documentary.

    The world would definitely be a worse place without Woody Allen's films.

    Loved Woody's explanations about his ideas for films.

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    Posted by technologist (U1259929) ** on Thursday, 25th July 2013

    Fox at Midnight -
    If you download the Iplayer program using the Iplayer Desktop
    you view the programme from your own hard drive so it is not dependent on the instantaneous (lack of) quality of your Broadband
    you also have 30 days to view it not just the 7 day window for streaming.

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  • Message 29

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    Posted by average40 (U14458923) on Thursday, 25th July 2013

    I have Imagine on series link and keep getting gems like this appearing on my planner.

    A fascinating programme; and like the Rod Stewart one, not something I would have gone out of my way for.

    God bless that little green button!

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    Posted by The Tower Bridge Fox (U6480633) on Thursday, 25th July 2013

    A very good insight into his style of direction.


    Also Match point afterwards is probably Woody Allens best none comedy film.
    Very much like watching a Hitchcock film
    With great photography of London.

    For me his best comedy is Sleeper.

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    Posted by catherineM (U15017478) on Thursday, 25th July 2013

    I'm Woody Allen fan too. His films are so
    original and funny. One of my favourites is
    The Purple Rose of Cairo.

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    Posted by becky sharp (U4544768) on Thursday, 25th July 2013

    One of my favourites is
    The Purple Rose of Cairo. 


    I love that too,catherineM ... I wonder how far it was into production before Michael Keaton was replaced by Jeff Daniels?

    This was a terrific documentary ..I felt I knew Woody Allen by the end of it.

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    Posted by Lighten Up (U15801316) on Friday, 26th July 2013

    I had bought into the consensus that Woody's last great film was "Hannah and Her Sisters" and I was intrigued that so many critics in this documentary thought he had gone on to make good films after that. I have seen very few subsequent films but I watched "Match Point" and was pleasantly surprised.

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    Posted by Jewel Staite (U14313760) on Monday, 29th July 2013

    Although interested to see the documentary, and noted the appearance of Alan Yentob in New York, surely it would have been more appropriate for the BBC simply to have acquired the rights to show a similar styled documentary, released in 2012, and directed by Robert B Welde.

    However, aside from that, I am sure that the cost of sustaining Alan Yentob as he travelled in First Class Air Accommodation over the Atlantic, and First Class Accommodation in New York, was worth the investment, with License Fee income being diverted from Programme Making.

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