Filmmakers who have been active for a long time often display a personal development over their entire body of work, where fans can chart an evolution in how they see and perceive the world. That's definitely true of the filmmaker, writer and actor Woody Allen, one of Hollywood's most prolific directors.
Ilchi Lee says "What life story will you write today? We make a new chapter every day. When you know that you are writer, director, and lead character, true creation begins." The celebrated creator of Dahn Yoga is speaking figuratively, but one could say that this literally applies to Allen. He is one of the rare figures in Hollywood to step both behind and in front of the camera, a trait that makes his films intensely personal.
A great example is his 1976 film Annie Hall, generally regarded as a modern masterpiece. The film – written, directed and starring Allen – chronicles the relationship between himself and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Making the film even more personal is the fact Allen and Keaton were actually in a relationship for several years before the film was made.
Over the years, Allen would go on to chronicle his thoughts and ideas in a wealth of other movies, working at a blistering pace and sometimes releasing multiple films per year. Sometimes Allen himself acts in the film, while other times he enlists others to play the "Woody" role – notable actors such as John Cusack, Kenneth Branagh, and Larry David. While not all the films are winners, one thing is for sure – watching these films is a perfect way to gain insight into one of the funniest and sharpest minds in Hollywood.