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Happy birthday Woody Allen

Woody Allen, 85 years of life on the big screen

From year to year his films become more cheerful, serene. As shown by ‘A rainy day in New York’ and those of the “filmmaker around Europe” from year to year his films become lighter, more cheerful and serene. As the newcomer to our screens in particular demonstrates, A Rainy Day in New York, a true hymn to youth and the volatility (but drama-free) of love – and is also light on the repeatedly postponed Rifkin’s Festival, another on the “round” of love.

With the exception of The Wheel of Wonders (2017), a vintage drama full of memories by Tennessee Williams, and Blue Jasmine (who looks like an old-fashioned Allen, still under the auspices of the American playwright), all films delivered Woody’s screens in the last decade are inspired by the same desire for lightness: those of the filmmaker “tourist for Europe”, certainly, Midnight in Paris and To Rome with Love, but also Magic in the Moonlight, Café Society and even Irrational Man. Comic paraphrase, the last one, on the subject of crime, which Allen had treated with a very different gravity at the time of Crimes and Misdemeanors (1990): a funny film, yes, but centered on a serious moral conflict.

Photo/ Gigi Iorio / News Press

Photo/ Gigi Iorio / News Press

Photo/ Gigi Iorio / News Press

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