Watching Woody Allen’s latest feature, Cafe Society, I was struck by it’s energy and precision, by the strength of it’s ideas, by the truth of it’s observations (which proves Allen still wonders at the world), but most of all, I was struck by the vitality of the film’s rhythm – it reveals an artist still having fun with his chosen form, one still with an inquisitive and focussed creative mind, and one whose work is as strong as it’s ever been.
Woody Allen is 81 years old and Cafe Society is his 51st film. In addition to writing and directing them, Allen has acted in most of his films too (he supplies the voiceover narration in Cafe Society), and all this is not to mention his stage plays, his prose, his stand-up or his music, spread over a remarkable 50 year career.
The reassuring lesson from octogenarian Woody Allen then, is surely that our creativity doesn’t run out.
UPDATE: Since I wrote this, I’ve discovered that Woody Allen, in addition to all his other activities, writes criticism. Read his latest on ‘Mary Astor’s Purple Diary’.
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