Woody Allen confused by success, influence

Jan. 13, 2008 at 1:39 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- New York filmmaker Woody Allen has confessed he does not understand why so many of his films are revered and he has been labeled an influential director.

The "Manhattan" director said he rarely understands why one of his films is met with great success and industry kudos, while another appears to fall on deaf ears, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

"It's hard for me to know. I'll think, 'I really brought off my ideas, it's great,' and no one sparks to it," Allen told the newspaper. "And then other times I'll finish a film and think, 'I really screwed this one up,' and for some reason, the public and the press embrace it."

When asked if he views himself as an influential filmmaker for younger generations, the film star displayed even more of his infamous self-critical nature.

"No, I really don't, and I'm not saying that facetiously. I can see the influence of Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese -- but I don't see my influence any place," he said.

The Daily News said Allen's newest cinematic creation, "Cassandra's Dream," is due out in U.S. theaters Friday.

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