The Gate presents: Woody Week

The Gate is celebrating the release of WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY by bringing some of the director's classic films back to the big screen.

BANANAS 

Friday 8 June, 4.40

This early Woody Allen effort, heavily influenced by the Marx Brothers, uses a blend of slapstick and one-liners to comment on the absurdities and corruptions of total power. A neurotic New Yorker (Allen) tries to impress the activist (Louise Lasser), with whom he is infatuated, and ends up fighting as a revolutionary in a South American banana republic.

 

MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY

Saturday 9 June, 4.10

A middle-aged couple suspect foul play when their neighbour's wife suddenly drops dead.

 

ANNIE HALL

Sunday 10 June, 4.10

The film with which Woody Allen achieved his own distinctive style, a clutch of Oscars and world-wide success: a poignantly comic, quasi-autobiographical love story which gave voice to his distinctively rueful perspectives on fame, romance, relationships, neurosis and the competing attractions of New York and the West Coast.

 

STARDUST MEMORIES

Monday 11 June, 7.00

Fellini fan Woody Allen regards this parody of 8 1/2 as one of his best films. This story of a famous filmmaker, who is plagued by fans who prefer his 'earlier, funnier movies' and tormented by hallucinations and his conflicting attraction to three very different women, is a sharp satirical look at the high price of fame.

 

LOVE AND DEATH

Thursday 14 June, 12.30

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

 

MANHATTAN

Thursday 14 June, 2.20

Woody Allen’s rapturous and poignant romantic comedy about the fretful life of an obsessive writer of TV comedy (Allen), worrying over his current, ex and future relationships (with Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton), his hypochondria and his contemplated switch to serious literature. A declaration of love to cerebral life and fashion in the city Allen has made his own, set to George Gershwin and filmed in silvery widescreen monochrome by Gordon Willis.

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