I have found this collection to be an excellent study of the man. Woody Allen doesn't enjoy doing the interview, but that clip was very revealing. I learned a great deal by his admissions.He struggles and spends long periods of time on some pieces while others will roll out easily. Not everything he creates is gold. He says that he wrote some pieces to fatten up the content. (Wow! Really? He's just a man) I really enjoy listening to his own narration. His voice quality is very good. I don't hear a loss due to aging.
I don't know if he intentionally does it or not: his accent gets more severe in many places. Its kind of funny when that happens. That may be an element of his aging. It could be another gag? Whatevaah,... its a welcome addition. He was never a spring chicken. In his first movies like Take The Money And Run, he seemed like he was at least forty. So what's too criticize about his age? If anything, its like listening to grandpa. And grandpa can still bring it.
For students of Allen, those that want to know his process. This collection is awesome. I used to do stand-up comedy and in the beginning of that ride, I wondered why Woody Allen got out of it. Listening to this collection has answered that question. After the thrill subsides, stand-up comedy becomes predictable in its structure. Its more interesting to create stories that are filled with jokes. The format is more rewarding as the creator.
I'd love to listen to his biography with Eric Lax on audible. Lax has done two versions and I'd love to hear the second version. What else is out there that is in the same universe as this collection?I need more of this type. Steve Martin's audio autobiography was fantastic. Gene Wilder's audio autobiography was great. But this is better.
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