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If there's one word to describe Woody Allen's career, it's prolific. Since 1965, he's either written, directed or acted in over 60 films and, in 31 of them, he performed all three duties. Over the years, he's been nominated for 13 Golden Globes (winning twice), 22 BAFTAs (winning nine) and 24 Oscars (winning four).
Many times, selecting the cream of the crop from an artist's work can be a fun exercise. With Allen, however, it's no easy task. Mainly because once you've selected his 10 best and are left with the remaining scraps of his filmography, you could select another 10 that would stand up to most other great filmmakers' careers.
It's distressing to find yourself leaving off films from his pre-Annie Hall days, when he made movies like Play It Again, Sam, Bananas and Sleeper, the last two being named to AFI's list of top 100 comedies of the 20th century. Or some of his work from more recent years which, had they been made by a director without such a high standard set for himself, would likely be much more appreciated. Films like Match Point, Midnight in Paris or Blue Jasmine.
With his newest movie, Magic in the Moonlight, coming out this week, now is as good a time as any to look back on the career of one of America's greatest moviemakers.
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