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Wild Man Blues (1998)

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Barbara KoppleÕs entertaining and occasionally illuminating documentary about Woody AllenÕs 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.

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Critic Reviews for Wild Man Blues

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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.

October 16, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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It provides some generous insights into his psychic background when his unsupportive parents greet him back in New York at the end.

October 16, 2007 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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It's hardly a revelation, but Allen emerges as genuinely neurotic. He's also funny.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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In her unexpectedly delightful documentary about Woody Allen as jazz musician, Barbara Kopple demonstrates cinema verite at its most seductive.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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Wild Man Blues has a tendency to become repetitious, especially during the final forty minutes.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
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[Kopple] might seem an unlikely choice for this material, but no doubt her track record gained Allen's trust.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Jennifer Xu
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