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Woody Allen & Senkichi Taniguchi – What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)


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Description by Allmovie

Woody Allen took a Japanese spy movie called Kagi No Kagi, and replaced its original dialogue with an entirely new plot. In its revised state, this film follows the adventures of agent Phil Moskowitz who is on a deadly mission to secure the recipe for the “world’s greatest egg salad.” However, Moskowitz, with the help of the beautiful Suki and Terri Yaki, must prevent this unique recipe from falling into the hands of the evil Shepherd Wong. The group Lovin’ Spoonful recorded the majority of the songs for this film. Read More »

Woody Allen – Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)


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Plot Synopsis by Mark Deming

Woody Allen’s in-name-only adaptation of the once notorious sexual reference guide by Dr. David Reuben contains seven episodes based on “helpful” questions answered in the book. In “Do Aphrodisiacs Work?”, Allen appears as a court jester who uses a love potion to spark the erotic interests of the Queen (Lynn Redgrave). “What Is Sodomy?” stars Gene Wilder as a doctor who throws away his marriage, career, and position in the community when he falls madly in love with an Armenian sheep named Daisy. “Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching Orgasm?” is a parody of stylish Italian films of the ’60s in which a slick playboy (Woody Allen) discovers his wife (Louise Lasser) can climax only when they make love in public places. In “Are Transvestites Homosexuals?,” Sam (Lou Jacobi) has his little secret revealed at a most inopportune moment. “What Are Sex Researchers Actually Accomplishing?” features John Carradine in a great parody of his mad-scientist roles as Dr. Bernardo, whose research into human sexuality has led to a fearsome mutation — a 50-foot tall female breast! “What Are Sexual Perversions?” takes us to a broadcast of the popular game show What’s My Perversion?, in which Jack Barry leads a panel of celebrities (including Regis Philbin and Robert Q. Lewis) in guessing the erotic obsessions of their guests. And “What Happens During Ejaculation?” takes the audience inside the body of a man in the throes of passion; The Brain (Tony Randall) guides the body’s functions, with the help of his assistant (Burt Reynolds), while Allen plays a nervous sperm cell not sure if he can make the big jump. While the quality of the episodes is uneven, the best rank with the funniest moments of Allen’s career, especially Gene Wilder’s touching romance with the sheep (“I think we can make this work, Daisy”) and the final sequence inside the male body (“What if he’s only masturbating? I’ll end up on the ceiling somewhere!”). Read More »

Woody Allen – Sleeper (1973)

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In 1973, health-food store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles’ sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother’s body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a “brave new world” of deadening conformity, ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen leader. Miles is forced to flee for his life when the scientists — actually a group of revolutionary activists — are overpowered by the leader’s police. He eludes the cops by pretending to be an android, and in this guise is sent to work at the home of Luna (Diane Keaton), a composer of greeting cards who thinks that the world of the future is perfect as it stands. There’s more, but why spoil your fun? Sleeper is the most visual of Woody Allen’s earlier films, and demonstrated a more pronounced rapport between Allen and his off- and onscreen leading lady Diane Keaton than had previously existed. The Dixieland score is performed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Read More »

Woody Allen – Love And Death (1975)

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Description: When Napoleon threatens to invade the Russian Empire, the coward Boris Grushenko is forced to enlist to save his country. He actually captures a group of enemy officers, but the French Army is too strong and soon Napoleon reaches Moscow. Boris thinks that this should put an end to the war, but his young wife wants to murder Napoleon. Read More »

Martin Ritt – The Front (1976)

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Description: Woody Allen as part-time bookie and all around schlemiel Howard Prince not only gets the girl of his dreams Florence Barrett, Andrea Marcovicci,in the end but also becomes a, though reluctant, hero as well.

Depicting the Red Scare in America circa 1953 and how it effected those in the entertainment world we first see Howard working as a cashier. Howard also takes bets on the side as a small time bookie, at a midtown Manhattan diner. Howard is then approached by his former school and now writer friend Alfred Miller, Michael Murphy. Alfred wants Howard to put his name on a number of scripts that he wrote and now can’t get anyone on the TV networks to accept. Read More »

Woody Allen – Interiors (1978)


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Hal Erickson of AMG wrote:

Diane Keaton, Kristin Griffith, and Mary Beth Hurt play Renata, Flyn, and Joey, the grown daughters of wealthy Arthur (E.G. Marshall) and his emotionally disturbed wife, Eve (Geraldine Page). When Arthur leaves Eve, her three daughters rally around her. As it turns out, none of the daughters are ideally suited to provide an “anchor” for their distracted mother, but all four women are strengthened by their renewed relationship. Interiors received five Oscar nominations, including Best Director for Woody Allen, Best Original Screenplay for Allen, Best Actress for Geraldine Page, Best Supporting Actress for Maureen Stapleton (who plays Arthur’s new love), and Best Art Direction for Mel Bourne and Daniel Robert. Read More »

Woody Allen – Stardust Memories (1980)


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Description: Filmmaker Sandy Bates is currently suffering from a major creative block, failed relationships, and various other neuroses. The film follows Sandy as he attends a weekend retrospective of his films, where he is continually harassed by fans, friends, lovers, families, assorted hangers-on, and studio executives, who are all wondering when his next film will be made. Read More »