March – The Advantages of Being Imaginary: Films from Woody Allen

Thursday, March 1 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm


1983 – USA – Directed by Woody Allen

“Released in 1983, Woody Allen’s mockumentary drama Zelig was in some quarters regarded as a one-joke technical novelty. But in 2011, it looks like a masterpiece: a brilliant, even passionate historical pastiche, a superbly pregnant meditation on American society and individuality, and an eerie fantasy that will live in your dreams. Using spoof and real newsreel footage, deadpan modern-day talking-head interviews and some tremendous special effects that hold up triumphantly in this digital age, the movie tells the story of Leonard Zelig, the little 1920s Jewish guy with a “chameleon disorder” enabling him to resemble anyone in whose company he finds himself. ” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

Wednesday, March 7 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989 – USA – Directed by Woody Allen

“Crimes and Misdemeanors is not, properly speaking, a thriller, and yet it plays like one. In fact, it plays a little like those film noir classics of the 1940s, like “Double Indemnity,” in which a man thinks of himself as moral, but finds out otherwise. The movie generates the best kind of suspense, because it’s not about what will happen to people – it’s about what decisions they will reach. We have the same information they have. What would we do? How far would we go to protect our happiness and reputation? How selfish would we be? ” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Thursday, March 22 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Manhattan Murder Mystery

1993 – USA – Directed by Woody Allen

“This is the way Carol’s mind works. She can’t help it; she was probably raised on Nancy Drew. She drives her husband nuts. He wants her to shut up and go to sleep, but all night and all day her mind is at work, threading together facts and possibilities into an obsessive theory: This nice guy has killed his wife, and unless she does something about it, he’ll get away with murder. This is the kind of plot you might expect on “Murder, She Wrote.” In the hands of Woody Allen, in his new comedy, “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” what happens is more or less what would happen in a 1930s novel about an amateur detective. But how it happens is more or less the way it would happen in one of the “Thin Man” comedies, where Manhattanites are stacked side by side in luxury apartment buildings where the walls are just thin enough to arouse suspicions, but too thick to permit proof. “ – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Wednesday, March 28 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Midnight in Paris

2011 – Spain/USA – Directed by Woody Allen

“Midnight in Paris opens as a loving postcard to all things Eiffel and then turns into a fairy tale balancing the timelessness of dissatisfaction with the beauty of human aspiration. Along the way, Allen trots out a troupe of classic literary characters played by actors who seem to be having a lot of fun, and the high is contagious. The fantasy is sweet, but there’s also real tension here, with the protagonist both a prisoner and traveler in time. Ultimately, though, and happily, Midnight in Paris is a loving embrace of the city, of art and of life itself.” – Tom Long, EW