Can't see the wood for the tease
It's 45 years since Woody divorced Harlene, his first wife. She had to take him to court, years later, to staunch his tirade of cruel (and, it must be said, cruelly funny) jokes about her. Bizarrely, a condition of the settlement -- one she has graciously observed -- is that she not talk about their life together.
It's forty years since Woody made his first movie.
And, god, it's 35 years since I saw my first Woody Allen film. Sleeper. You know the one. Woody finds a VW Beetle in a cave, where it has sat, undisturbed, for 200 years... and it starts first time.
Bizarrely, I saw Sleeper with another new short feature, Brian De Palma's sicko slasher Sisters. Talk about an odd coupling! And I remember both vividly though I haven't seen either film since.
Woody [I initially typed Weedy!! What are the odds?!!] reckons he hasn't seen it since either!
"That's right. I've never seen any of my films after I've finished them. As soon as the process of opening the film is over, that's it. I did my first film in 1968, I think, and I've not seen it since."
At the risk of being a terrible tease, that's pretty much where my article on Woody Allen (in this weekend's Financial Review) begins.
Speaking of tease... here's Woody and his Scarlett woman!
And spare a thought for me later today... I'll be wrestling the black panther herself. Yep, I'll be speaking with Hurricane Grace Jones. OMFG!