I once asked Woody Allen why he had never moved to California, and he looked at me with astonishment: "I couldn't live in a city where the only cultural advantage is making a right turn on a red light."
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If you look at comedy in the 20th century, the list of those whose work has depth, breadth and longevity is a small one: Charlie Chaplin, Lewis, Allen.
Woody Allen's newest film, Midnight in Paris has become a hit. Which reminds me of another film that he made, and my possible connection.
Midnight In Paris was truly wonderful; a romantic and exhilarating fantasy of Paris as seen through Woody's idiosyncratic eyes.
Where his films once excited a certain keenness, I often read reviews of a new Woody Allen film these days that convey the attitude of, "Oh, give it a rest already."
Without films like Carl Reiner's Where's Poppa? we wouldn't have had the Farrelly brothers, the Judd Apatow machine or a lot of other comedy that's fairly commonplace today.
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