Wild Man Blues (1998)
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Critic Reviews for Wild Man Blues
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.
In her unexpectedly delightful documentary about Woody Allen as jazz musician, Barbara Kopple demonstrates cinema verite at its most seductive.
Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.
Audience Reviews for Wild Man Blues
It's great to see Woody in his natural habitat - his neurotic tendencies, his anxiety, and most particularly, his love for Soon-Yi. She's a lot smarter and prettier and nicer and more talkative than I envisioned her. I totally get why this film was made, but it doesn't seem like a PR stunt. It seems to genuinely want to answer some hidden question.
I was looking for more of an insite into the man. Not necessarily about filmmaking, but more about the man. Maybe about the music for which he's tour performing, but you don't get that here. The travel footage is mostly circumstantial shots of hotels and breakfast and papparazzi. This is fun for a Woody fan, just seeing the cantankorous old fart hanging out. The performance footage starts out quick and choppy but then the camera lingers more and you get to see some great performances out of the group. Woody especially is quite surprising in a couple of solos bringing great emotion out of the clarinet, an often-annoying sounding instrument. Stay tuned to the end to see Woody wrestle with his still-unsupportive parents to understand how easily a man become as weird as Mr. Allen.
Extremely entertaining documentary. As a huge fan of the Woodman, and since the DVD's have no features whatsoever, this behind-the-scenes glimpse is priceless. Woody is a fascinating person, he's funny, witty, and actually gets a little pissed now and then. Also he makes great music.
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