Our two headliners for today starred together in Paul Mazursky’s Scenes from a Mall.
Woody Allen is turning 81 today. He began working as television writer while just out of his teens, writing for a number of comedy shows, most notably for Sid Caesar. He was a prominent stand-up comedian of the 1960s, and also began writing plays, including Play It Again, Sam, which starred Allen and Diane Keaton when it ran on Broadway and again in a film remake.
By the early 1970s, Allen was establishing himself as a film director. Early slapstick comedies evolved into movies which, while still comic, had a more serious, sophisticated tone. When the 1978 Oscar ceremony arrived, teenage moviegoers who had yet to discover a cinema world beyond popcorn movies were astonished that the Best Picture winner for the previous year was not Star Wars:
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