Life Lessons from Movies

Woody Allen

In Documentary, Movies on May 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Woody Allen (2012) is a documentary written and directed by Robert B. Weide about comedian, filmmaker, and writer Woody Allen (Allan Stewart Konigsberg), a man who has made a movie every year for 40 years, including Annie Hall (1977), which won four Academy Awards; Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Midnight in Paris (2011), both of which won for Best Original Screenplay; and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.

Life Lesson:

Nurture whatever talent or skill you have, in the future someone might pay you for it.

Movie Scene:

Eric Lax (Biographer): “There was a press agent, a public relations man named David Alber and his job was to come up with funny lines to put in the mouths of his clients. And he hired Woody to come at $25 week after school to write jokes … By the time he was 16 or 17, he was making more than his parents and has been regularly employed everyday of his life since.”

Woody: “And I was doing about 50 jokes a day for a long time. It was not hard. .. From there I was asked to write some jokes for the Arthur Godfrey Program, for Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy — they did a radio program. And that eventually got to Herb Shriner, who was a wonderful comedian, and I wrote for him. And I never really stopped. I was never out of work. […] If you’re a joke-maker, it’s hard not to make jokes… I can’t draw a horse or anything else, but I can write jokes, and it’s hard not to write them. I mean, if I walk down the street, it’s almost — it’s like my normal conversation. You know, it just comes out that way.”

  1. Director Robert B. Weide wrote an article on The Daily Beast (01/27/14) about Woody Allen regarding allegations of molestation that explains why he didn’t include more about this in his film:
    “The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast”

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