by Rob Boylan
Starting tomorrow night at 9pm, PBS's American Masters will begin airing the two-part career spanning documentary on Woody Allen, aptly titled Woody Allen: A Documentary.
The film runs about 3 1/2 hours, spread over Sunday and Monday nights, both beginning at 9pm.
Directed by Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm), it features interviews from Allen collaborators and admirers, such as Diane Keaton, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Roberts, Dianne Wiest, Julie Kavner, Chris Rock, and the ubiquitous Martin Scorsese. I'm half surprised it wasn't Marty who directed this, honestly, but I guess he had his hands full between finishing Hugo and the George Harrison documentary for HBO.
The documentary follows his career from starting out in Brooklyn as a teenager selling jokes, through his stand up career (track down his stand up albums, they're great), and eventually his film career, writing and directing over 40 films (all of which I've seen, cough).
It was made in friendly confines, so don't expect anything other than a love fest, especially around the sticky bits in the late 80s, early 90s, or how terrible Anything Else and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion were.