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Film Discussion Lunch - Woody Allen

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type. For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre.

Woody Allen began his filmmaking career as an acclaimed force in comedy and has since developed one of the most distinct voices in movies.  Having averaged a film a year for over 40 years, there will be a lot to talk about for September’s lunch including his new release, Blue Jasmine. 

SUGGESTED VIEWING

Take the Money and Run (1969)

Bananas (1971)

Play it Again, Sam (1972)

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex (But were Afraid to Ask) (1972) 

Sleeper (1973)

Love and Death (1975)

Annie Hall (1977)

Manhattan (1979)

Stardust Memories (1980)

Zelig (1983)

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Husbands and Wives (1992)  

Bullets over Broadway (1994)

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Deconstructing Harry (1997) 

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Match Point (2005)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) 

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Woody Allen: A Documentary (PBS Frontline, 2011) 

Blue Jasmine (2013)

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  • Al

    Here's the favorite films of some of those attending the Meetup (sorry if I missed recording your choice... If so, reply with your favorite(s) below this post!):

    Brad: "Annie Hall"
    Rebecca: "Annie Hall", "Vicki Christina Barcelona"
    Dan: "Hannah and Her Sisters"
    Rui: "Midnight in Paris", "Blue Jasmine"
    Collin: "Annie Hall", "The Purple Rose of Cairo"
    J-P: "Bananas", "Play it Again, Sam", "Love and Death"
    Paolo: "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Vicki Christina Barcelona"
    Seth: "Annie Hall"
    Pat: "Annie Hall", "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
    Elise: "Midnight in Paris"
    Eric: "Match Point"
    Shane: "Crimes and Misdemeanors"
    Elizabeth W: "Midnight in Paris"
    Barbara: "Broadway Danny Rose"
    Tina: "Hanna and Her Sisters"
    Al: "Sweet and Lowdown"
    Anne: "Annie Hall"

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed meeting everyone in the group today and hearing everyone's viewpoints and insights.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      Hi Pat! Nice meeting you. If you ever want to come to a CFLX meetup, here is the link: http://www.meetup.com...­

      September 29, 2013

    • Al

      Cool! Pat, thanks for those great details on the making of "Annie Hall". How excellent would it be to see the lost footage of "Anhedonia"?!

      September 29, 2013

  • Al

    What a whirlwind Meetup! So much was mentioned on Woody Allen, from his start on TV and standup, the many phases of his filmmaking career, his best jokes, visual themes, favorite moments and further looks at what makes his signature films great. We can easily have several more sessions just on his work!

    Thanks to everyone who brought material about Woody (great autographed picture of him, Shane). For even more Allen information, an excellent documentary on him is available on Netflix, and there's a book on an editor of his early films, Ralph Rosenblum's "When the Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story".

    September 29, 2013

  • Eric W.

    Great discussion, friendly open group.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Paolo

    Fun topic and great people/conversation!

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • Jimmy O.

    Won't be able to attend, see ya in October! Good luck...

    September 28, 2013

  • Rui R.

    I decided to cancel the other event and joining this fun

    2 · September 27, 2013

    • Shane

      Good choice!!

      September 27, 2013

  • Collin

    I saw that you only had 33 people attending this thing, so I thought I'd help you out.

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am finally able to make it to one of these and very excited to do so! Woody Allen's films are always a certain bet to inspire lively conversation and debate. My personal fave is a dead heat between ANNIE HALL and CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.

    September 22, 2013

  • Paolo

    I keep meaning to go to one of these and this one convinced me.

    September 10, 2013

  • Ken

    Check out this interesting comparison of Woody's different works in Slate:
    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_completist/2011/03/ive_seen_every_woody_allen_movie.html

    August 25, 2013

  • Tom

    My top 5 favorites are:

    1. Purple Rose of Cairo
    2. Radio Days
    3. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    4. Hannah and Her Sisters
    5. Bullets over Broadway

    August 21, 2013

  • Al

    With so many classic movies during his career, I hope we have a chance to talk over his more recent efforts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOTc7DHhMIs

    August 4, 2013

  • J-P

    I enjoy his films ..' " particularly his early funny ones" ' ...!

    August 2, 2013

  • Shane

    MAJOR MAJOR Woody Allen fan. Would love to meet other freaks like me. In fact, I throw a party for him on his bday every year!

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Al

    Scheduling this two months in advance should get even Allen newbies to check out 25% of his films.

    BTW, here's Allen in a very funny and clever debate with conservative William Buckley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNErWi_lTig

    July 31, 2013

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