Woody Allen’s Retirement From Filmmaking After His 50th Film
Woody Allen’s retirement has been announced! While preparing to shoot his 50th feature film, “Wasp 22,” in Paris next month, the 86-year-old filmmaker is ready to step away from the camera.
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Before jumping to the main subject, let’s take a look at his career history. Born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on November 30, 1935, the talented American film director is also well-experienced as a writer, actor, and comedian.
His career travels for more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. Mr. Allen pursued his passion by writing material for television in the 1950s, mainly Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) working alongside:
He released three comedy albums during the mid to late 1960s, which led him to receive a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album nomination for his 1964 comedy album entitled simply Woody Allen.
Mr. Allen ranked fourth on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians in 2004 by Comedy Central, while became the third-greatest comedian in a UK survey.
He has published many books including short stories besides writing humor pieces for The New Yorker. The legend performed as a stand-up comedian in the early 1960s, in Greenwich Village alongside Lenny Bruce, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, and Joan Rivers.
Allen’s choices to select the greatest films of all time in alphabetical order, were:
- The 400 Blows (France, 1959)
- 8½ (Italy, 1963)
- Amarcord (Italy, 1972)
- Bicycle Thieves (Italy, 1948)
- Citizen Kane (the USA, 1941)
- The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (France, 1972)
- La Grande Illusion (France, 1937)
- Paths of Glory (the USA, 1957)
- Rashomon (Japan, 1950)
- The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957)
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Woody Allen’s retirement was told to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. What is now set to be his final film is set in a couple of weeks in Paris and will be shot entirely in French.
Allen is planning to focus on writing books after retiring from filmmaking. Released his fifth collection of short fiction, “Zero Gravity,” he expressed interest in writing a full length novel in the near future.
Published in 2020, both “his memoir- Apropos of Nothing” and “Zero Gravity” had trouble finding publishers due to the allegations against him.
The legendary filmmaker explained in a recent Instagram Live appearance with Alec Baldwin that the film industry’s increased emphasis on streaming and shorter theatrical release windows have made filmmaking less appealing to him.
He expressed: “I’ll probably make at least one more movie. A lot of the thrill is gone. When I used to do a film it’d go into a movie house all across the country. Now you do a movie and you get a couple weeks in a movie house. Maybe six weeks or four weeks and then it goes right to streaming or pay per view… It’s not the same… It’s not as enjoyable to me.”
Mr. Allen continued: “I don’t get the same fun doing a movie and putting it in a theater. It was a nice feeling to know that 500 people were seeing it once… I don’t know how I feel about making movies. I’m going to make another one and I’ll see how it feels.”
One tweeted: “The American Woody Allen, one of the great directors and screenwriters in the world, announced that he will retire from the world of cinema once his next and last film Wasp 22 is released, which will just begin to film…”
Another commented: “#WoodyAllen announces his farewell to the cinema to focus on writing. To recover from the shock, we recommend reading his books, “About Nothing” and “Zero Gravity”: you will discover the extraordinary vein of pure storytelling of the Oscar-winning director.”
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