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In a career spanning almost 50 years, Woody Allen’s style has become synonymous with and perhaps helped define the cultural stereotype of the self-deprecating, anxious intellectual in New York City. Full of farcical dialogue and neurotic characters, the films appear light and entertaining. Some critics see this lightness as Allen’s greatest limitation as a filmmaker. Others hail his elegance and effortlessness in debating profound philosophical questions.  

Woody Allen was born on December 1st 1935 as Allan Stewart Konigsberg to a Jewish family. His unhappy childhood in Brooklyn would later inspire several of his films, such as Radio Days (1987) and Annie Hall (1977). The cinema became his refuge, drawing the young boy into the theatre up to six times a week. He absorbed everything from the latest product of the studio system to Italian neo-realism and Ingmar Bergman’s early work. The films of his childhood and young adulthood made…

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