Wild Man Blues (1997)

Wild Man Blues Documentary Film

Barbara Kopple directed this portrait of Woody Allen, seen traveling with friends and fellow musicians during their New Orleans jazz band’s 1996 European tour.

Woody Allen’s relationship with Soon Yi Previn is captured here, and others on the European jaunt include bandleader Eddy Davis and Allen’s sister Letty Aronson. Followed by press, paparazzi, and gushing admirers, Allen returns home to face a more realistic critical assessment during “the lunch from hell” with his aged parents.

Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff was the first director on this project, but he walked off after learning he would not have final cut. Zwigoff later commented, They were like, ‘Who do you think you are — Orson Welles?’ Produced by long-time Allen friend Jean Doumanian. Shown at the 1997 Venice Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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