I've always been invited, but I've always made excuses. I felt I just owed it to the Italian people to come and participateWoody's love affair with Venice continues Aug 27, 2003
I've never felt that the French people in any way were anti-SemiticHollywood Digest May 15, 2002
The French were my first supporters and have always showed huge generosity toward meHollywood Digest Apr 04, 2002
I feel it's ridiculous to pussyfoot around and reframe the shots so it doesn't show thatHollywood Digest Mar 26, 2002
Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright.
Allen's films, ranging from tragedies to screwball comedies, have made him a notable American director. He is also distinguished by his rapid rate of production and his very large body of work. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them. For inspiration, Allen draws heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, Jewish identity, and the history of cinema, among a wealth of other fields of interest.
Allen developed a passion for music early on and is a jazz clarinetist. What began as a teenage avocation has led to regular public performances at various small venues in his hometown of Manhattan, with occasional appearances at various jazz festivals. Allen joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in performances that provided the film score for his 1973 comedy Sleeper, and performed in a rare European tour in 1996, which became the subject of the documentary Wild Man Blues.