I enjoyed seeing woody Allen on stage. I laughed and laughed. Unfortunately it was not in his comedy act, but in the Monday evening clarinet concerts he was giving in 'Michael's bar with his ragtime band at the time I was living in New York.
And THAT came out as a perfect woody Allen sentence, or at least with a typical Allenian twist. It is true. And he actually is a very good musician by the way. We did overpay for an extremely mediocre dinner for the privilege of being so close to Allen, which is again a very Allenian thing to complain about.
Ahm, I must be Jewish.
"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment."
Woody Allen is the quintessential new York Jew, with love to culture and art because that is a great place to meet women, with a basic fear of women which drives him to culture and art, and with a sense of humor that by laughing at himself is actually showing us who we are , or will be if we are not careful.
Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television."
His jokes are always multi-layered but in such a subtle way that even when you know there is a twist and punch line, even when you are expecting it to hit you in a second, when it does, it is never what you expected, what you were prepared for.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. "
Woody Allen made some of the most memorable comedies in cinema, always with his neurotic scared self doubting famous facial expression, which is more Jewish then mosses (as you can see in the wonderful Indian 'goodness gracious me' sketch) but it is not his movies that earn him a place in my heart. It was his writing and his one-liners, those absurdly philosophical, funny, accurate comedy arrows that rarely miss.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland."
Woody Allen is an icon, a geographical ethnic icon. He is recognized worldwide as the Jew from New-York, and it doesn’t matter how he evolved in the later part of his career, I will always remember him as Allen in 'Annie Hall' , 'bananas' ' sleepy' and such early pearls of brilliant silliness and a never ending torrent of great lines delivered by a master.
How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?"
As a good Jew Allen was riddled with deep religious doubts that led to some memorable theological queries of a magnitude even the greatest rabbis of history would be baffled by, and if I want to be honest , were the base of my long voyage from monotheism to sanity. After all, he is Jewish, and these guys are supposed to be smart.
Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends."
As for his later "more mature" work? I am sure it is very sophisiticated and deep movies, but I can only quote Allen himself:
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy myself, but I didn't."