Woody Allen – Body of Work

Woody Allen is one of my favourite writers, directors and actors, and yet I have only seen a handful of his films. With every new film he releases Woody Allen is declared to have either returned to form or lost the plot, and yet with a list of almost countless films he has either written, directed, or starred in I can’t be sure when Allen truly peaked as an auteur, what his best work is, or whether he’s ever made a film worse than Match Point/Scoop.

To combat this confusion and dire lack of Woody Allen experience I am going to blog my way through every single film for which Woody Allen has either written, directed, or acted in chronological order. As over fifty films already sit on this list, and Allen shows no signs of stopping any time soon, this is going to be a long-term endeavour and will most likely take years to complete. With any luck this project will give me an insight into one of cinema’s icons and give me a new specialist category in Mastermind should the need ever arise.

My journey will start with 1965’s What’s New Pussycat, Woody Allen’s first screenplay, and ends with whenever he steps out from behind the camera for the last time.

The full list of films, with links to reviews when completed, can be found below:

What’s New Pussycat?
What’s Up, Tiger Lily?
Casino Royale
Take the Money and Run
Play It Again, Sam
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Love and Death
The Front
Annie Hall
Stardust Memories
To Woody Allen, From Europe with Love
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy
Broadway Danny Rose
The Purple Rose of Cairo
50 Years of Action!
Meetin’ WA
Hannah and Her Sisters
Radio Days
King Lear
Another Woman
New York Stories
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Scenes from a Mall
Shadows and Fog
Husbands and Wives
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Don’t Drink the Water
Bullets Over Broadway
Mighty Aphrodite
Everyone Says I Love You
Deconstructing Harry
Wild Man Blues
AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies
The Impostors
Sweet and Lowdown
Company Man
Small Time Crooks
Light Keeps Me Company
Picking Up the Pieces
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
Woody Allen: A Life in Film
The Magic of Fellini
Hollywood Ending
100 Years of Hope & Humor
Anything Else
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
François Truffaut, une Autobiographie
Melinda and Melinda
The Ballad of Greenwich Village
The Outsider
Match Point
Cassandra’s Dream
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Whatever Works
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Midnight in Paris
Paris Manhattan
To Rome with Love
Fading Gigolo
Blue Jasmine