A new boxset of the prolific director’s work, the Woody Allen Collection is available this week. In addition to Barbara Kopple’s 1997 documentary Wild Man Blues about the musical avocation of Woody Allen, the collection includes the director’s cinematic releases from 1994 to 2000. The films were released after my personal Allen favourite Manhattan Murder Mystery, and do not feature his best-known work. Nevertheless, here is why you should be watching these films…
Bullets Over Broadway
A playwright is forced to cast a mobster’s girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.
Why You Should Watch It: The film stars John Cusack in the ‘Woody Allen’ role.
The fortunes of a husband and wife differ following their divorce.
Why You Should Watch It: Leonardo DiCaprio plays a teen heartthrob in his post-Titanic role.
An author suffering with writer’s block starts to remember events from his past, whilst his fictional characters come to life.
Why You Should Watch It: Harry Block is one of Woody Allen’s quintessential roles.
Everyone Says I Love You
With her half-sister getting engaged, a New York girl decides to set her father up with a beautiful woman in a shaky marriage.
Why You Should Watch It: The film is a musical! Drew Barrymore, Ed Norton et al demonstrating their singing abilities.
After discovering his adopted son is a genius, a sportswriter seeks out the boy’s borth mother
Why You Should Watch It: Mira Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in the film.
Small Time Crooks
A crook and his wife prosper after a botched bank job’s cover business becomes wildly successful.
Why You Should Watch It: Small Time Crooks was Woody Allen’s biggest grossing film of the 1990s in the US.
Sweet and Lowdown
A jazz guitarist faces gangsters and falls in love in the 1930s.
Why You Should Watch It: The film focuses on one of Allen’s greatest loves; jazz.
The Woody Allen Collection is available on DVD from 7th July 2014.