Woody Allen

01.12.1935, New York, USA

Allen is a screenwriter, dramatist, director and actor, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg (at the age of seventeen he legally changed his name to Heywood Allen)


He abandoned his studies of communication and film at the New Yorku University and started to write sketches and jokes for a living. He earned his first money for jokes at the age of fifteen and from mid 1950’s wrote them for many TV shows. During the 1960’s, as a standup comedian he developed his stage character of a neurotic intellectual whom he later used and portrayed by himself in different variations in his many films. He also wrote his first theatre plays, which he continued to do later as well. His first acting role was in the comedy for which he also wrote the What's New Pussycat (1965) directed by Clive Donner. Afterwards he bought the rights to the Japanese film by the director Senkichi Taniguchi wrote new dialogues, redubbed it, changed the story and published it under the title What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966). He made his real directing debut with the crime comedy Take the Money and Run (1969), for which he also wrote the screenplay and acted in the main role. After two successful comedies, Bananas (1971) and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), he directed the film Sleeper (1973), one of his many collaborations with the actress Diane Keaton. Others include Love and Death (1975), Annie Hall (1977), which was a great commercial success as well as received great critical acclaim, dramas Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Romantic comedy Annie Hall was his most successful film from the 1970’s (he won an Oscar for best film and screenplay, while Keaton was awarded an Oscar for best leading actress), while the drama Interiors marks his transit from his recognizable light comedies to more serious films in the 1980’s that he made under the influence of European directors whom he admired, such Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini. The 1980’s were marked by his collaboration with actress Mia Farrow, also his partner in real life. He directed teen films with her: A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982), Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), September (1987), Radio Days (1987), Another Woman (1988), New York Stories (1989), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Alice (1990), Shadows and Fog (1991) and Husbands and Wives (1992). Some of his greatest films is Bullets Over Broadway (1994) starring Dianne Wiest who won an Oscar for best supporting role and Mighty Aphrodite (1995) starring Mira Sorvino, who won the same award. Afterwards he directed the romantic musical Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and the dark satire Deconstructing Harry (1997). He made a short return to his previously popular comedies with Small Time Crooks (2000). Afterwards he directed several commercially less successful and critically less acclaimed films, but soon achieved great success with the love drama Match Point (2005) that he considers one of his best films. He made is next two films, Scoop (2006) and Cassandra's Dream (2007) in London, but with less success. In Spain he directed the successful romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), which won the Golden Globe as best film in category Musical or Comedy, and actress Penélope Cruz won an Oscar for her supporting role in it. Together with the writer and comedian Larry David in the main role, he directed the film Whatever Works (2009). He continued to collaborate with European producers who offer him the desired freedom, and directed Midnight in Paris (2011) that won the audience and critics’ sympathy alike. His next film, To Rome with Love (2012), was made in Italy and was less successful. He returned to the US to direct Blue Jasmine (2013) starring Cate Blanchett who won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA’s award. At the French Riviera he filmed Magic in the Moonlight (2014), and back in the US the humorous drama Irrational Man (2015) and his currently last film Café Society (2016). For Amazon Studios he directed and wrote the series in six episodes Crisis in Six Scenes (2016). Besides being an extremely productive filmmaker he writes plays for theatre, and is a great fan of jazz music. He has been playing the clarinet from an early age and occasionally performs with his jazz band. 


Wonder Wheel (2017)
Crisis in Six Scenes (TV series, 6 episodes) (2016)
Café Society (2016)
Irrational Man (2015)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
To Rome with Love (2012)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Whatever Works (2009)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Scoop (2006)
Match Point (2005)
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Anything Else (2003)
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Sounds from a Town I Love (2001) (TV, short feature)
The Concert for New York City (2001) (TV, documentary, segment "Sounds from the Town I Love")
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Celebrity (1998)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Don't Drink the Water (1994) (TV)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Shadows and Fog (1991)
Alice (1990)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
New York Stories (1989) (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Another Woman (1988)
September (1987)
Radio Days (1987)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Zelig (1983)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Manhattan (1979)
Interiors (1978)
Annie Hall (1977)
Love and Death (1975)
Sleeper (1973)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Bananas (1971)
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) (TV, short feature)
Take the Money and Run (1969)
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

Films by this director

Blue Jasmine


Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Javier Aguirresarobe

Nakon što se sve u njenu životu raspalo, uključujući i brak s bogatim biznismenom Halom (Alec Baldwin), elegantna i naizgled bogata njujorčanka Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) useljava u skromni stan kod sestre Ginger (Sally Hawkins), u San Francisco. Pokušava se prisjetiti svega što joj se desilo i shvatiti kako pokrpati raspadnuti život te krenuti dalje. Tramvaj zvan čežnja u otkačenoj verziji Woody Allena i Cate Blanchett.

color, DCP, 98 min

Ljubav i smrt

(Love and Death, USA, 1974)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ghislain Cloquet

Radnja filma događa se u 19. stoljeću, u carskoj Rusiji. Boris je zaljubljen i žudi za daljnjom rođakinjom Sonjom. Kada Napoleon napadne Austriju, Boris je primoran pridružiti se ruskoj armiji. Kao kukavici i pacifistu, to mu baš i ne sjeda dobro. Postane mu još gore kad sazna da se Sonja udaje, no tad spletom okolnosti postane ratni junak. Čini se da mu je sreća naklonjena kad Sonja pristane udati se za njega. Ipak, ona pristaje samo zato jer je uvjerena da će Boris umrijeti u dvoboju...

color, 85'

Café Society

(USA, 2016)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vittorio Storaro

New York tridesetih godina prošloga stoljeća. Zasićen roditeljskim svađama i bratom gangsterom, Bobby Dorfman traži životnu promjenu. Odlučuje okušati sreću u Hollywoodu gdje ga ujak Phil, iznimno utjecajan agent, zapošljava u vlastitoj kompaniji. Bobby se u Hollywoodu ubrzo zaljubljuje, ali u djevojku koja ima dečka. Spreman je na prijateljstvo sve dok jednog dana ona ne pokuca na njegova vrata i kaže mu kako ju je dečko upravo ostavio. Sve se u Bobbyjevu životu mijenja i t...

color, digital, 96 min

Annie Hall

(USA, 1977)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

One of the most famous films by Woody Allen is partly an autobiographical story and his most successful collaboration with Diane Keaton, who was at the time his partner in private life as well. Woody portrays the forty year-old comedian Alvy, intellectual living in New York who reminisces his relationship with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton’s real last name and nickname). The relationship broke and he is trying to figure out what went wrong.

color, 93'


(USA, 1978)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

This is the first drama by Woody Allen after a series of comedies that he directed in the 1970’s. It is a story of three sisters who try to cope with their parents Arthur and Eve’s sudden divorce. Renata is a poet whose husband, writer Frederik, has trouble coping with her success. Flyn is a vain actress who stars in bad films that people ridicule. Joey is married to Mike but she is unhappy with her job in advertising. 

color, 92'


(USA, 1979)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

Woody Allen called this film “a combination of the previous two”, Annie Hall and Interiors. As in all of his other films from that period, the story takes place in New Yorku where we follow the forty-two year-old Isaaca, divorced writer in a relationship with the seventeen year-old Tracy. His best friend, professor Yale, cheats on his wife Emily with Mary. Even though he dislaikes Mary at first, soon Isaac starts to feel attracted to his friend’s lover… 

b/w, 35 mm, 96'

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

(USA, 1972)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Omnibus consisting of seven independent stories connected by the theme of sex. A jester is trying to seduce the queen by slipping her some aphrodisiac. After his patient leaves, a psychologist starts to question his own love life.  An Italian couple has problems achieving orgasm. A middle-aged many discovers a surprising secret. TV host discusses perversions with his guests. We meet a scientist who researches sex. And finally, one sperm does not believe to be good enough for the task that l...

color and b/w, 88'

Wonder Wheel


Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vittorio Storaro

The story takes place on Coney Island in New York in the 1950’s. Former actress Ginny works as a waitress and is unhappily married to the carousel operator Humpty. Ginny finds some comfort in an affair with young Mickey, beach rescuer who wants to be a writer. Their relationship gets complicated when Humpty’s daughter Caroline arrives to town. She is on the run from the mob and has a crush on Mickey…

drama, color, 101 min

The Purple Rose of Cairo

(USA, 1985)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

New York 1935. godine, u vrijeme velike gospodarske krize. Dok emotivna Cecilia naporno radi kao konobarica u kafiću, njezin neodgovorni suprug Monk teško zarađeni novac troši na piće i kocku. Razočarana Monkovim zanemarivanjem, Cecilia jedinu utjehu pronalazi u obližnjem kinu, gdje često gleda romantičnu komediju Purpurna ruža Kaira, s markantnim junakom, arheologom i pustolovom Tomom Baxterom. A onda jednog dana, nakon što na projekciji opet primijeti Ceciliju, Tom neočeki...

color and b/w, 82'

Hannah and Her Sisters

(USA, 1986)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Svake godine na Dan zahvalnosti okupljaju se sestre Hannah, Lee i Holly s ostalim članovima njihove mnogobrojne obitelji, a to je prilika za svođenje životnih računa i razvijanje novih odnosa. Hannah ostavlja dojam uzora čitavoj obitelji, kao idealna supruga, majka i sestra, kao cijenjena glumica te inteligentna i privlačna žena. Na ovogodišnjem okupljanju Hannah, bivša supruga hipohondra Mickeyja, ne sluti da će se tog dana njezin novi suprug Elliot zaljubiti u njezinu sestru Lee,...

color, 107'


(USA, 1983)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

New York tijekom 20-ih godina prošlog stoljeća. Nakon što se pojavi praktički niotkuda, neobični Leonard Zelig smjesta privuče pozornost medija i javnosti. On je čovjek naizgled obične vanjštine i na prvi pogled ni po čemu upadljiv, ali koji posjeduje osobinu da poput kameleona preuzima izgled drugih osoba. Zelig je sposoban poprimiti i tjelesni izgled i psihičke osobine ne samo ljudi pored kojih se zatekne, nego i čitavih društvenih skupina. Kad se nađe pored jednog...

b/w, 79'

Crimes and Misdemeanors

(USA, 1989)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Dok na svečanoj večeri u njujorškoj židovskoj zajednici prima nagradu za životno djelo i dobrotvorni rad, uglednog oftalmologa s Manhattana Judaha Rosenthala muče druge brige. Već duže vrijeme se svađa s ljubavnicom Dolores Paley, koja prijeti da će upoznati njegovu suprugu Miriam te joj otkriti sve o njihovoj dvogodišnjoj vezi. Nakon što se za savjet bezuspješno obrati najboljem prijatelju Benu, Judah pomoć zatraži od svog s organiziranim kriminalom povezanog brata J...

color and b/w, 104'


(USA, 1973)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Jazz-klarinetist i vlasnik trgovine zdravom hranom s Manhattana Miles Monroe 1973. godine je kriogenički zamrznut bez njegova pristanka. Kad ga dvjesto godina kasnije ožive znanstvenici, pripadnici pobunjeničkog pokreta, pokazat će se da je Amerika postala policijska država kojom vlada diktatura, u kojoj je društvo opsjednuto bijelom bojom i dixieland glazbom te u kojoj se provodi tajni plan znan kao Projekt Aires. S obzirom da je dva stoljeća bio zamrznut, Miles je jedini pripadnik pobun...

color, 89'

Radio Days

(USA, 1987)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Njujorška četvrt Far Rockaway u Queensu ranih 40-ih godina prošlog stoljeća, u vrijeme izuzetne popularnosti radija. Među mnoštvom koje svakodnevno uživa uz radijski program je i dječak Joe, klinac iz židovske obitelji koji bez daha prati pustolovine superjunaka kakvi su Usamljeni osvetnik i Maskirani osvetnik. Dok Joeov otac Martin uz svakodnevni posao taksista mašta o stjecanju velikog bogatstva, majku Tess osim uobičajenih obiteljskih problema brine i bojazan da Jo...

color, 88'

Stardust Memories

(USA, 1980)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

Dok tijekom jednog vikenda na filmskom seminaru nevoljko prisustvuje retrospektivi svojih filmova, slavni redatelj Sandy Bates prisjeća se vlastitog života. Trenutno ga muči kreativna blokada, iza njega je nekoliko propalih veza a pati i od jakih neuroza. Retrospektiva se održava u hotelu Zvjezdana prašina u New Jerseyju, Sandy je ciničan i kritičan podjednako prema sebi kao i prema publici, za koju drži da ga gotovo zlostavlja, a najviše ga muči to što ga posao koji radi vi...

b/w, 89'

Husbands and Wives

(USA, 1992)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Sredovječni Gabe Roth profesor je književnosti koji živi u naizgled skladnom braku sa suprugom Judy. No kad im obiteljski prijatelji, supružnici Jack i Sally, priopće kako se namjeravaju razvesti, i Gabeova i Judyna bračna kula od karata počet će se rušiti i oni će početi pronalaziti nedostatke u svom odnosu. Dok Jack i Sally sreću i nove početke pokušavaju pronaći u novim vezama, Jack s atraktivnom instruktoricom aerobika Sam, a Sally s emotivnim škotskim pjesnikom Michaelo...

color, 108'

Broadway Danny Rose

(USA, 1984)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gordon Willis

Među skupinom prijatelja u jednom njujorškom restoranu poveo se razgovor o brodvejskom menadžeru Dannyju Roseu. Iako nije osobito uspješan menadžer, jer su njegovi klijenti većinom umjetnici i zabavljači nižeg ranga, Danny je optimističan čovjek kojeg ne napušta entuzijazam. Najviše izgleda za uspjeh imao je s nekad popularnim pjevačem Louom Canovom, čiji su dani slave odavno prošli, no Danny će mu ipak uspjeti oživjeti karijeru. No Loua muči to što se,...

b/w, 84'

Another Woman

(USA, 1988)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Želeći u miru raditi na svojoj novoj knjizi, cijenjena profesorica filozofije i šefica fakultetskog odsjeka za filozofiju Marion Post odluči neko vrijeme živjeti odvojeno od svog supruga, uspješnog kardiologa i intelektualca Kena, za kojeg se nedavno ponovo udala. Stoga u jednoj njujorškoj četvrti unajmi stan za koji vjeruje da će u njemu moći pisati knjigu o njemačkoj filozofiji, ni ne sluteći da se stvari neće odvijati prema njezinim planovima. Naime, u stanu iznad njezina...

color, 81'


(USA, 1971)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew M. Costikyan

Fielding Mellish povučeni je čudak koji teško ostvaruje kontakte s djevojkama i koji u tvrtki u kojoj radi funkcionira kao svojevrsni pokusni kunić, jer se na njemu testiraju različite naprave. Kad mu jednom na vrata pokuca politička aktivistica Nancy, koja prikuplja potpise za potporu pobunjenicima u južnoameričkoj banana-republici San Marcos kojom nakon atentata na predsjednika vlada diktator Vargas, Fielding će se početi zbližavati s atraktivnom djevojkom. Da bi se pred njom dokazao, F...

color, 82'

Manhattan Murder Mystery

(USA, 1993)

Directed by: Woody Allen

Nekadašnja marketinška stručnjakinja Carol Lipton udana je za književnog urednika Larryja Liptona, a zbog podizanja njihova sina Nicka, studenta na sveučilištu Brown, odustala je od karijere. Carol je temperamentna i znatiželjna žena koja ima dosta slobodnog vremena, pa će se uznemiriti kad iznenada premine starija gospođa Lillian, supruga njihova susjeda Paula Housea. Carol najviše intrigira to što Paul ne tuguje za suprugom, već je prilično dobre volje, na te...

color, 104'

A Rainy Day in New York

(USA, 2019)

Directed by: Woody Allen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vittorio Storaro

Mladi Gatsby Welles student je na američkom koledžu Yardley, sin dobrostojećih roditelja i vješt pokeraš koji na pokeru zarađuje i desetke tisuća dolara, te koji si može priuštiti život na visokoj nozi. Gatsby je u naizgled skladnoj vezi sa studenticom novinarstva Ashleigh, naivnom, prostodušnom i lakovjernom djevojkom iz također dobrostojeće obitelji iz Tucsona. Kad mu jednog dana Ashleigh kaže da mora otputovati u New York na dogovoreni intervju s glasovitim filmski...

color, 92'
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