Wild Man Blues (1998)
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Barbara KoppleŐs entertaining and occasionally illuminating documentary about Woody AllenŐs 1995 jazz band tour of Europe divides its time between the concert commitments and the quiet times with Allen and future wife Soon-Yi Previn.
Apr 17, 1998 Wide
Nov 3, 1998
Fine Line Features
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Kopple's discreet, quietly revelatory style creates a fine balance between public and private personae that veers more pointedly toward the personal in an incongruous but fascinating coda.
It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end.
It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny.
[Kopple's] made a greatly enjoyable film, but you can't help wondering if she's fallen under her subject's spell.
[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.
Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.
The subject is Woody Allen, but anyone interested in his career as a writer, stand-up comedian, actor or filmmaker will learn little from Barbara Kopple's new documentary.
There's only one certain conclusion: Woody Allen finds it terrifically uncomfortable being Woody Allen.
Not quite the type of political punchiness one would expect from Kopple, but it does answer a lot of questions about Allen who obviously had a strong hand in the film's compilation.
Craftsmanship and wit are as present here as in [director Barbara Kopple's] more socially-minded, dramatic work.
Wonderful documentary, a rare look at the real Woody.
An interesting documentary covering a tour of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz band. If you enjoy the music, or are a fan of all things Woody, then you should give this one a rental. Others probably wouldn't enjoy it.
This is a very fine film, especially for film buffs and fans of Woody Allen.
Here's hoping [Kopple] returns to more involving material now that the vacation is over.
What may surprise Woody's fans is that he is rarely funny in person and sometimes surprisingly inarticulate.
One of the main strengths of the film is, though, is in its moments that it happens to capture, and those other big things that it shows us.
Every once in a while Allen slips a bit, revealing a more sarcastic and slightly nastier person than we're used to... In these moments, 'Wild Man Blues' is genuinely fascinating...
There is a quiet agenda here of keeping the personal relationship visible, natural, and low keyed.
No less than Madonna's Truth or Dare, Wild Man Blues proves the degree to which stars make a fiction of objectivity.
It is a most relaxed and enjoyable look at the neurotic comic, who appears to be no different in this documentary from the way he is in his films.
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