Sunday, May 23, 2010
Allen Stewart Konigsberg (Woody Allen) graduated from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1953. His activities were Baseball, Golden Gloves Boxing and Band.
Allen is responsible for four or five of the funniest films ever made, but by 2010 it is fair to say that his awful films greatly outnumber his good ones. His stated preference for cranking out one movie a year has no doubt taken its toll on quality.
In 1992 the seaminess of Allen's betrayal of Mia Farrow (with one of her adopted daughters, Soon Yi Previn), became so publicly discussed that it even made first lady Barbara Bush's diary (as quoted on page 485 of her 2003 memoir): "...Woody Allen and Mia Farrow are having a disgusting public separation." Farrow's first husband, Frank Sinatra, allegedly offered to have Allen's legs broken when he heard about the scandal.
In the 1998 jazz tour documentary, Wild Man Blues, Allen is heard to remark about his future wife (he married Previn in 1997; the documentary was filmed in 1996) that she once "was eating out of garbage pails." The context of this detestable observation is that, in the film, Previn is frequently expressing awe at the size of their hotel room accomodations.