Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1997. Jean Doumanian Productions, Cabin Creek Films, Sweetland Films. Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz. Produced by Jean Doumanian. Film Editing by Lawrence Silk. National Board of Review Awards 1998. Online Film Critics Awards 1998.
Enjoyable but not very informative documentary that follows Woody Allen and his famous jazz band on their world tour. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple makes sure to keep a safe distance from Allen while following him around his various hotel rooms, concert stages and press conferences, never pressing for too much information but always making sure to capture some pretty interesting moments on film all the same (Allen visiting his parents and giving them his Directors Guild Achievement Award for their collection is a real keeper). Considering Kopple is the director who in her younger days was putting her own life in danger (even being shot at while on camera) to make films like Harlan County USA, it bothers me not one bit that she would want to take a more relaxed approach to filming a celebrity who might get on her nerves but would never actually put her in that kind of danger. Those wanting to know more about Allen’s wife Soon-Yi Previn (she’s everything you thought she was and more) should definitely see this film.