literature, cinema, fine arts

Play it Again, Sam (1972)

Being Woody Allen

  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Müpa Film Club

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We are inclined to see Woody Allen's films as a kind of one-man show: written by, directed by, starring, etc. Our assumption is not unfounded, but we forget that it's no incidental matter that Woody Allen is also a writer/playwright and actor, and his talents in this area are sometimes exploited by other directors.

In this case, instructing Woody Allen could not have been a particularly demanding task for director Herbert Ross because the writer-actor thought of himself when he invented the role of Allen Felix, the film critic going through the process of divorce. Moreover, the fact is that the character is "ready-made”. As fresh as Woody Allen is in the world of film, he has already given birth to a screen character who is a little neurotic, a slight hypochondriac, over-educated and is after sexy chicks. And, what a surprise, he is eager to be accepted. This time our hero thinks it would be better to be a cinema macho. His idol is Bogey (Humphrey Bogart), straight out of the classic movie Casablanca. This Bogey fixation is so strong for him that he sometimes tries to discuss his doubts with the character of Rick Blaine himself. One of the recurring stories in tabloid film history is that Humphrey Bogart was a short man (173 cm), so various tricks were used to make him appear taller. Compared to him, Woody Allen is 165 cm tall. There are no tricks. His partner, Diane Keaton, was taller than him even in flat heels. Was there a feeling of inferiority? It makes you think, because he is considerably shorter. The question is rather at what rate are the intrinsic values of those who do not get placed in the Mr. Universe competition quoted in the market of relationships and human relations. A fairly nice thought. And there is a strange charm to the way this film evokes the 1943 cinematics of Mihály Kertész (Michail Curtiz).

In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screening will be conducted in Hungarian.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • director
    Herbert Ross
  • host
    András Réz

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