The PBS series “American Masters” has been featuring iconic cultural artists for the last 25 years. Produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, “American Masters” documents the lives and roles of these individuals and how they have shaped our culture today.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of this docu-series, “American Masters” presents the ultimate film biography on Woody Allen. Created by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide, this documentary was created after a year and a half of interviewing and following the film legend.
“This is the Woody doc everybody has been waiting for, and I am delighted that this creative giant is finally assuming his rightful place in the “American Masters” library,” said series creator Susan Lacy.
This documentary starts with Allen’s childhood and chronicles the longevity of the man’s career. Weide covers everything from Allen’s earliest film work like “Take the Money and Run” all the way up to his most recent creation, “Midnight in Paris.” He traveled with Allen from the London set of the film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” to the Cannes premiere of “Midnight in Paris” this past spring. Weide takes viewers inside Allen’s home, inside the editing room and inside Allen’s childhood home of Brooklyn. The documentary also features interviews with actors such as Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Diane Keaton, Chris Rock, Naomi Watts, Owen Wilson and many more. Other interviews include those with writers such as Mickey Rose, cinematographers such as Gordon Willis, and those most close to Allen such as his sister, Letty Aronson, and his longtime manager, Jack Rollins.
This documentary also touches on Allen’s contributions as a writer for not only the theater, but also The New Yorker magazine.
Currently, the companion website, pbs.org/americanmasters, is offering streaming video of select films, interviews, essays, photographs, outtakes and other resources from this documentary.
Be sure to catch the National Broadcast Premiere of this documentary. Part one airs on Sunday, November 20th from 9-11pm, and part two airs on Monday, November 21st, from 9-10:30pm. In case you missed the premiere, the documentary will be available for streaming on the website after the initial broadcast.
To learn more about “Woody Allen: A Documentary” or about the “American Masters” series, visit http://www.pbs.org/americanmasters