Just a heads-up for all you Woody Allen fans out there. PBS has a 2-part documentary, the first of which was aired last night, and the concluding installment tonight (see listings below). For those of you who missed the first segment, I have also provided a link below. Finally, I have provided some additional quote material and an amusing anecdote by magician George Schindler on working in a Woody Allen movie. Enjoy!
Overview & Listings
Woody Allen Documentary : Part 1
"A certain amount of people in the world become obsessed with magic, and as a boy I was one of them," says Allen of his recurring interest in fantasy and the supernatural, which also crops up to varying extents in films like A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Alice and the "Oedipus Wrecks" segment of New York Stories. "I was an amateur magician, and to this day I can do sleight of hand and card tricks and coin tricks. And I always feel that only a magical solution can save us. The human predicament is so tragic and so awful that, short of an act of magic, we're doomed. Many people feel they will be saved by their religion in some way, and that's a version of magic -- some all-powerful magician is going to give them an afterlife or in some other way make life meaningful. But in fact, that doesn't seem to be the case. If they suddenly discovered tomorrow that the universe had been created by a god and there was meaning to it, then everyone would be very cheerful and it would be a big help. You'd notice a lot of smiling faces." http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2011/05/woody_allen_midnight_in_paris.php
George Schindler (a professional magician) recalls how he got involved in Woody Allen's "New York Stories," in which he plays a magician that accidentally makes Allen's mother disappear. https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1120330167856