Sunday, September 02, 2007

Under the influence

Woody Allen insists his work has not influenced other filmmakers. No, really. At the Venice Film Festival, he told reporters: "I don't mean that to sound like false modesty, but I could always feel the influence of my contemporaries — Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg — but I have never seen my influence on anyone."

Two questions immediately come to mind. First: Which Woody Allen most obviously reflects a Spielbergian influence? Second: Has Woody Allen ever seen... well, gee, I almost don't know where to begin. David Frankel's Miami Rhapsody? Julie Delpy's 2 Days in Paris? Anand Tucker's (and Steve Martin's) Shopgirl? Noah Baumbach's Mr. Jealousy? Ed Burns' Sidewalks of New York? Any freakin' movie ever made by Whit Stillman?


Anonymous said...

The two best Allen-derived movies I've seen are Judy Berlin and Fear, Anxiety and Depression. Todd Solondz is, to me, the logical heir to Allen, even though everyone is loathe to agree with me. And by everyone I mean the two other people I've told this to, both of whom I'm no longer friends with.

Anonymous said...

don't you guys believe in coincidence? i'm not sure where or how eric rohmer would fit in in all this since it's been years since i last saw anything by allen.
we have more in common with each other than we know.

Anonymous said...

what about high fidelity? when harry met sally? seinfeld? curb your enthusiasm? mad about you? etc etc etc.