18. Letting Someone Else Be Woody Allen
Film: Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
The Farrow farrago now seemingly forgotten, Hollywood welcomed Woody back into their arms with the success of Bullets Over Broadway, a crime-drama that sets out to give Hollywood a kiss on the cheek and make a few people laugh along the way too.
This is consummately done with the now almost expected Allen ensemble trick (Here’s to you John Cusack, Jim Broadbent, Chazz Palminteri, Jennifer Tilly and the oscar-winning Dianne Wiest), and an plethora of brilliant gags here, there and everywhere.
Allen was back, and he was funny. Lovely stuff. The premise – that of a play produced by mobster who demands his ditzy girlfriend plays the lead – is secondary to Woody’s wit and Cusack’s admirable attempt to beat Allen in the Allen role. He can’t, of course, but you can’t blame him for trying.