Thursday, May 12, 2011
Woody Allen A to Z
If you have been reading the arts section of your local newspaper, you have seen that Woody Allen has been taking Cannes by storm with his new film, Midnight in Paris. However, before he was the darling of the European film scene, he belonged to us schlubs in grungy New York City. This summer, the Museum of Jewish’s free summer film series will feature Woody Allen A to Z: Classic Films From Annie Hall to Zelig.
The series of six award-winning films from the 1970s and 80s will begin on Wednesday, June 22 and run through Wednesday, July 27. The series starts on June 22 with the Purple Rose of Cairo, one of Allen’s all-time personal favorites. Annie Hall, which has the distinction of beating out Star Wars for the best picture Oscar in 1977, will be shown on June 29. Manhattan will be shown on July 6 followed by Zelig on July 13; Radio Days on July 20; and last, but certainly not least, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask on July 27. I wouldn’t recommend bringing a first date to that one, unless your date likes vignettes about perversions, bodily functions, love, cross-dressing, aphrodisiacs, sex research, and pleasure. And if so, wouldn’t you want to know that sooner rather than later?
All films are free with suggested donation. Tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come first-served basis starting at 3 P.M. on the day of each screening. To reserve a ticket in advance and guarantee a seat, there is a minimum donation of $5 per ticket. Call 646.437.4202 or visit www.mjhnyc.org/woodyallen to reserve.
Photo: Alvy and Annie chase live lobsters in Annie Hall.