July 21st, 2011
Woody Allen: A Documentary
About the Film

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT) and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

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“This is the Woody doc everybody has been waiting for, and I am delighted that this creative giant is finally assuming his rightful place in the American Masters library,” says Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters, an eight-time winner of the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. The series is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations, and operator of NJTV. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and other programs to the New York community.

“Woody Allen was always the big ‘get’ for me,” says Robert Weide, best known for his long-term directing/producing stint on Curb Your Enthusiasm, which earned him Emmy® and Golden Globe® Awards. “The prolific nature of Woody’s output has provided me with an embarrassment of riches. In fact, Woody will have made three features just in the time it’s taken me to make this one documentary.”

Beginning with Allen’s childhood and his first professional gigs as a teen — furnishing jokes for comics and publicists — American Masters – Woody Allen: A Documentary chronicles the trajectory and longevity of Allen’s career: from his work in the 1950s-60s as a TV scribe for Sid Caesar, standup comedian and frequent TV talk show guest, to a writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. Weide covers Allen’s earliest film work in Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Sleeper, and Love and Death; frequent Oscar® favorites such as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, Purple Rose of Cairo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands & Wives, Bullets Over Broadway, and Mighty Aphrodite; and his recent globetrotting phase with Match Point, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and this year’s commercial success Midnight in Paris.

Exploring the ultimate “independent filmmaker’s” writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors, Weide traveled with Allen from the London set of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger — a major coup “considering Woody has never allowed so much as an EPK [Electronic Press Kit] crew on his sets,” claims Weide — to the Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris this May. He also filmed Allen at home, in the editing room and touring his childhood haunts in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. New interviews provide insight and backstory: actors Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Seth Green, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, and Owen Wilson; writing collaborators Marshall Brickman, Mickey Rose and Doug McGrath; cinematographers Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond; Allen’s sister and producing partner Letty Aronson; producers Robert Greenhut and Stephen Tenenbaum; longtime managers Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe; casting director Juliet Taylor; pal Dick Cavett; and Martin Scorsese; among many others.

American Masters – Woody Allen: A Documentary also touches on Allen’s contributions as a writer for the theater and his casual pieces for The New Yorker, as well as his frequent moonlighting gig as a clarinet player with a New Orleans-style jazz band. “He never refused a request and he never declined to answer a question,” says Weide.

Woody Allen: A Documentary is a Whyaduck Productions, Rat Entertainment, Mike’s Movies, and Insurgent Media production in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET. Robert Weide is director, writer, producer, and co-editor. Michael Peyser, Brett Ratner, Erik Gordon, Fisher Stevens, and Andrew Karsch are executive producers. Susan Lacy is the series creator and executive producer of American Masters.

American Masters is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Jack Rudin, Jody and John Arnhold, Vital Projects Fund, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers. Funding for this program is provided by Miriam and Sam Blatt.

  • Phil Gries

    I was first made aware of an unprecedented 3 & 1/2 hour American Masters documentary, profiling Woody Allen, when I received an email from Robert Weide who was referred to me by Woody Allen, with whom I have had a corresponce relationship since January 1997. Since that time I have given to Woody over forty audio air checks representing his most early television appearances. Scores of these “lost” broadcasts survive as AUDIO ONLY in my archive, Archival Television Audio (www.atvaudio.com)…many recorded off the air, half century ago by yours truly. During the past 14 years, I have been most appreciative, and overwhelmed by the dozens of letters I have received from Woody Allen, rich in personal anecdotal content, relevent to the broadcast tapes I have sent to him, in addition to other shared personal commentary and reflections. As a documentary cinematographer since 1970, I have worked on projects premiering on American Masters. I only wish I had the opportunity to have worked on “Seriously Funny – The Comic Art of Woody Allen.” I congratulate Robert Weide and Woody Allen…their collaborative efforts, and American Masters, for such definitive documentation, long overdue…profiling the personal genius of one of our greatest creators in the history of the Motion Picture Industry.

  • lbarnett


    I can’t decide if that was a paean to Woody or a commercial for your business.

    I sense that it was both and that you will profit from your endeavors.

  • Craig Weide

    As a relative of Robert Weide (his father was my father’s uncle, although they were similar in age and grew up together more as brothers), I’ve followed Bob’s career with pride and a heartfelt appreciation for his talents. The Weide family’s notorious sense of humor has led many of us to revere the great comedians, and Bob’s dedication to his craft has brought us closer to some of those greats, such as Lenny Bruce, the Marx Brothers, Mort Sahl and others. I look forward to getting to know one of the comic geniuses of our time, Woody Allen, through Bob’s focused vision. (I still recommend “Sleeper” for those who have never seen it.) Keep up the great work, Bob. Perhaps someday I’ll get to know two of my other favorites, Henny Youngman and Rodney Dangerfield, through your eyes. Rodney may have gotten “no respect”, but you’ll always have mine! Best wishes from the “Ohio Weides”. We can’t wait to see this documentary!

  • Plasma TV ReviewsIBest Plasma TV

    I love Woody Allen and love the Marx Brothers but for some reason I can’t remember which movie has this. 10 pts to whoever lets me know the movie or gives me the quote.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We encourage healthy, spirited conversation and hope you will reserve your judgments until after the PBS broadcast premiere 11/20 & 21 at 9pm (check local listings), which does address the allegations and controversies that Woody Allen has faced in the public eye. Woody Allen was never brought up on criminal charges, and the focus of “American Masters – Woody Allen: A Documentary” is on his career and personal life to the extent that it informs his creative process and career.

    Thank you for watching American Masters and please continue to share your thoughts on our programming.

  • Barry Canty

    I’m very excited about this doc. I am a writer/director/actor heavily influenced by Woody Allen. My debut feature film, “L.A. Proper”, was inspired by all of his work. Check it out at the link below and witness a tall black man, in Los Angeles, trying to pull off a Woody-esque comedy.

    “L.A. Proper”

  • Patrick

    A film that was great in the 1970’s is still great, regardless of the choices made in the time since. Sometimes we have to separate someone’s creative genius from the choices they make that we disagree with. It is often the case that the most genius among us tend to make some of the poorest choices. Perhaps it is the inner turmoil which makes Allen’s movies so good. I also think that the comparison of Mr. Polanski and Mr. Allen is unfair and uninformed but it is not my place to defend either. I am looking forward to the documentary and I appreciate the discussion it is generating.

  • April

    I’m really upset that there are still comments (here and on The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2011/11/woody-allen-american-masters.html) that only accuses Woody Allen of being a pedophile. Needless to say many of these comments have come from those few women, clearly ignorant or obviously uneducated on the historical and cultural significance of Allen and his films in general.

    Having personally been victimized by what would be more appropriately labeled a pedophile (read: a monster), then having to read these comments on someone I admire professionally to be labeled the same way, breaks my heart.

    Yes, I am a student of cinema and a longtime fan of Allen. But this isn’t biased in the least. Allen’s personal relationships are not for the public, and even so, it seems he is happily married and everything is mutual.

    As “Kimberly” selfishly stated, “Once again man can pick who they want to outcast and who they want to propel with media.” Please don’t mistake being sexist as feminist, and don’t blame it on “man.” Blame it on yourself, for letting this media you speak of propel you to unfair judgement.

  • Robert D Schaffer

    I started feeding my son some thirty years ago on Woody Allen’s comedy routines. I’d play him the LP recordings and my son quickly had them memorized. To this day–and my son is in his early forties–he can repeat much of that early education in the pleasure of comic relief. All I remember is a bit that has Woody in trouble with some ruffians and he responds, “and may you be fruitful and multiply.” I have long admired Woody’s films and think of him as a clarinet playing comic genius. I am an 86 year old man who still looks forward to the “next” creative item from his stuffed foot locker.

  • pjk

    “To love is to suffer….
    To not love is to suffer…
    To suffer is to suffer…”

  • Cleveland Moffett

    The Woody Allen film I have seen most often — three or four times — is Sweet and Lowdown. And I intend to see at least a coupla more times. Cleveland Moffett, Brussels, Belgium

  • newsjunkie

    Will the doc be available here online after airing? My mother lives overseas but she would like to see it.

  • Brenda Ndiaye

    I saw this and it made my day. I miss smart, funny, and engaging films. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will be watching–and giggling. Mr Allen is a great talent.

  • Bob

    I’ve been a Woody Allen fan since high school back in the 1970s. I grew up in a mid-sized town in Indiana with very little in the way of culture outside of the local movie theatre. What a breath of fresh air was Woody Allen! My best friend and I started out on his books (Getting Even and Without Feathers — both hysterical) even before the movies. Woody Allen really brightened my childhood and i’ve been forever grateful. Today I’m a lawyer in Chicago and my friend is a freelance writer with several books to his credit. Woody Allen showed a couple high school kids there was a big, and very interesting, world outside our little town.

    About that earlier “pedophile” comment — that’s a disgraceful thing to say. Actual pedophilia is a very serious matter, and no fair-minded person could ever accuse Woody of that. He entered into a relationship with the grown-up child of a woman he was in a relationship with. Yeah, it was unconventional. Yeah, you and I probably wouldn’t have found ourselves in the same situation. But so what? I don’t sit in judgment over this man and don’t want to. He seems happily married and I’m glad for him.

    By the way, back in October my wife and I saw Woody play the Cafe Carlyle with the Dixieland band everyone’s been talking about. Fantastic. Highly recommended. He plays Monday nights when he’s booked there and it was worth every dime we spent.

  • ari

    so glad you are doing this program on Woody Allen, who has brought so many great comedic moments for us Allen fans

  • Kb

    Why can’t I watch this online when it’s airing? This is absurd.

  • Dee

    Will this documentary be available on the PBS website?

  • Jason

    You need to look up the definition of a pedophile. A little education goes a long way. Furthermore separation of art from the artist is apparently a level of art appreciation you have not achieved. Try it, it is quite liberating and an important part of growing up and appreciating the purity of a body of artistic work.

  • Robert Bruce

    I just viewed Part 1 of the documentary and it was a genuine thrill! The one minute outtake of Diane Keaton making Woody Allen break up on the set of ‘Sleeper’ was alone worth the two hours. However, the other 119 minutes was just as amazing. I look forward to Part 2 tomorrow night.

  • Joel

    Im embarrassed that that a network that I think that has some sense of what is right and wrong would give voice to what ever genius he his it doesn’t excuse the fact that he married his step daughter. PBS should be ashamed that they are promoting him at all.

  • MAH

    To Kimberly,

    I can understand that you are leery regarding Woody Allen’s personal life, but you are allowing yourself to be influenced by outside (media) sources. What have you ever actually SEEN (with your own eyes) that convince you he is “creepy”. Nothing in his films or almost non-existent interviews, I assume. You find pedophiles creepy; you equate Woody Allen with pedophilia; and therefore you find Woody creepy.

    Having watched the first part of this documentary, I assure you that Woody Allen does not come off as “creepy”. And you know nothing of the events surrounding his current relationship/wife. The only things you have heard (to date) have come from an obviously distressed (and maybe rightfully so) Mia Farrow.

    And Roman Polanski isn’t a pedophile. He is an alleged forcible rapist of an underage girl, but that isn’t the same thing. Likewise, Woody Allen isn’t a pedophile AND he is also NOT alleged to have raped or even have had consensual sex with an underage girl. Yes, it is strange, bizarre, and perhaps morally reprehensible of Woody to have become involved with (and eventually marry) his ex-girlfriend’s adopted daughter. But not illegal in any way and not evidence of pedophilia or any other illness.

    I enjoyed Part One of this documentary immensely and can’t wait for Part Two. Woody Allen IS a true American Master and is a most deserving subject.

  • Joel

    Whatever his genius is it still does not excuse the fact of what he did. As an avid PBS watcher im embarrassed that they have given voice to someone did what he did. I understand that we need to see all sides of a story but this is obviously not an attempt to do that

  • Linda

    Well said April….The misinformation that the media spews out to sensationalize a family situation has once again brought out women who jump at any opportunity to try to blame men…. most likely stemming from the ills in their life…to completely make a judgement based on what they want to believe than the truth…very sad and pathetic…

    The AM series on Allen has been fantastic and look forward to the second port!! Allen is a genius and I look forward to more movies from him…

  • Thatwood B. Telling

    Kimberly– Woody may have, as do most of us, some things to be sorry for, but being a pedophile isn’t one of them. The woman you allude to– his current wife, I hasten to add– was over 18 when he began having intimate relations with her.

    Go ahead and be upset with him if you like, about whatever you want to be upset with him for. But please get your facts straight before you write in a public forum and slander someone..

  • Nick

    I am oversees at the moment. Where can I watch this? Can I get it online?

  • Barbara B. Donner

    I was surprised to find that I have not seen all of Woody’s films — so I’ll be on the prowl for more and see some of them again!

  • Reich

    Will there be a DVD of this? I missed part 1 and do not have a DVR.

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  • Chesa

    Having lived in the same neighborhood as Woody Allen for the past 40 years, he is one of those people who is
    often seen on the fringes of my life. Me going into a restaurant, he coming out. Crossing each other as one
    walks East and the other West. I was working for a film production company at the time that “Take the Money and Run” was in release. I was sent to screen the movie. Until then I wouldn’t have known WA from a hole in the ground. The boyfriend of the time, was a huge fan though. On our first date he took me to Michael’s for a
    little music. Then he bundled me up and moved me to the upper eastside. 40 years of this has left me believing I was destined to be one of the multitude. A gift I have always been greatful for.

  • Pam

    In Part one, I was most intrigued by Woody Allen’s disappointment in “Manhattan”. I wish that could have been dealt with in more depth. When I saw “Manhattant”, I was disappointed, too. Maybe it was all too personal, but the character and the real Woody Allen were the same person to me and I was disappointed that there wasn’t any personal growth between Annie Hall and Manhattan. He was still deluded about women and interested in someone not his equal to whom he could play Svengali, as with Annie Hall. But it’s art, not life, right?

  • Tim

    I enjoyed Part 1 very much and look forward to the conclusion. I was surprised to learn that Allen didn’t care for “Manhattan,” which is a decent film. Mariel Hemingway was terrific as was the entire cast. NYC looks great in black and white! The most fascinating part of this program was learning that Woody is still using the same typewriter after all these years. I still think my favorite WA films are “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Manhattan Murder Mystery.” And watching Michael Caine in “Hannah and Her Sisters” is also very amusing.

  • Jess

    His film career will go down as one of the most prolific and fruitful of all time, the true and intriguing story of a genius. His musical career is nothing short to speak about as well – I LOVE his Jazz Band playing all of the big band era stuff and a unique and rare opportunity to see Woody live… Anybody catch his shows?? I am finally catching one on December 21 in Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd – Super excited to catch a glimpse of the master!

  • dhesa

    Hey Pam,
    You really think, Keaton is not his equal?
    I read your post with some interest. I always see Woody Allen’s films as an expression of the human condition and the control it has over us. There are times we all know better but we do it anyway. Sometimes we stay in a particular place on our lives or our relationships or in our work, because we’re happy there, and we’re comfortable there, and the stability of it is what we need. Recognizing that,and then living it, is growth in itself. .

  • Kim

    Is the beginning of Woody and Soon-Yi’s relationship strange? Absolutely. Also, they will be celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary next month – how many marriages make it that far? They must be doing something right. The man is one of the geniuses of the cinema with a nearly unparalleled output, thank you American Masters for putting this fantastic doc on the air – it’s about time!

  • Jane

    I enjoyed the first part of the series- I always thought he was funny (especially “annie hall”) but marrying his stepdaughter…. Thousands of women who would have married him and he picks his stepdaughter?

  • Maopy

    Here’s what this site says (http://www.life.com/gallery/50441/image/50611439/creepiest-hollywood-hook-ups#index/4):

    In 1992, Mia Farrow discovered nude photographs of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. They were taken by Farrow’s longtime partner, director Woody Allen, and the photographs touched off one of the nastiest break-ups in recent Hollywood memory. Allen later married Soon-Yi (34 years his junior), saying, “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to those things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.” Allen and Farrow’s son, Ronan (formerly Satchel) said of the relationship: “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression. I cannot see him. I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent …. I lived with all these adopted children, so they are my family. To say Soon-Yi was not my sister is an insult to all adopted children.”

  • Ernie Frick

    Part 1 was fantastic…I’m waiting eagerly to watch Part 2 tonight. This is an excellent story told in a beautiful way. It is refreshing and encouraging to see the living getting their just awards…Woody Allen is one of the best and this is long over due.
    Thumbs up for a good job.
    Ernie Frick

  • Jessica

    Overall the documentary was thorough, but a few things disappointed me. 1) Stardust Memories is not in any way the “misstep” the documentary portrayed it as. Easily it is one of his best films, certainly visually as well as the writing. It would have been nice to have a critic defend it because it is a terrific film–the critics just didn’t get it. The line about telling funnier jokes is quite profound, among many other moments.

    Secondly, another one of his greatest was Another Woman, which starred Cassavetes’ wife Gena Rowlands, and this wasn’t even mentioned at all. It even had Bergman’s cinematographer, Sven Nyquist, working on the lighting and so to not even mention this great film greatly disappointed me.

    I thought the 1st half was better than the 2nd, since the 2nd half seemed to focus more on commercialism and scandal.

    And for those throwing around pedophile comments–get over it. There are plenty of directors who probably have better “morals” but won’t ever come close to his level of greatness.

  • Diane

    He still speaks to me after all of these years. And he continues to bring a gift to those who feel fortunate that they may still find this in their life, perhaps when one might need it most as I feel tonight. Call away your labels for they do not quite fit the picture of the man. Embrace what he gives to all,
    and let him have the love of his family which he has so lovingly built.

  • DMK

    What do I love about Woody Allen films? The opening sequence to Manhattan – a black and white masterpiece and maybe the best opener ever. Sleeper – a superb comedy that makes me laugh just thinking about it. Annie Hall – for Diane Keaton’s portrayal and wardrobe. My favorite is probably Zelig because I love absurdity. And not having seen them all – so I have something to look forward to and enjoy. But I also like it that I’m not the only one to find life a horrid wonder, that as I get older it sometimes terrorizes me to think I have to die; and I have no choice in the matter. And that living it is sometimes utterly messy and filled with conflicts and loves that you don’t bargain for.

  • Donald

    I was fortunate enough to view Pt. 1 of the documentary and I must say, it is one of the best documentaries on a film maker I have seen. Although a fan of Woody Allen’s for many years, I really didn’t know much about his early life as a comic and how he made the transition to film. This is a great documentary for anyone who is interested in the craft of filmmaking. Well done!

  • Melinda

    I am so thrilled that FINALLY a cohesive documentary has been made of Woody Allen’s life. To the people who think Mr. Allen did something wrong: his wife was never his step daughter for he and Mia Farrow were never married nor did they ever live together. She had something like 17 adopted children and he could not work when he was at their apartment, so they never lived together. If you listen to was Ms. Previn had to say at the time of the “scandal” was that she never saw Woody as any sort of a father figure and she rarely saw him when she was young. So, yes, it’s maybe a slightly unconventional relationship, but she 41 years old now and the “scandal” is over.

    I am so grateful that Woody Allen exists. My father started bringing me to his films when I was about 10 years old and we saw Annie Hall twice in one weekend when I was 17. His films gave us so much joy and were fodder for talks about life and love and death and “what does it all mean?” which seems to be WA’s quintessential question of his life. PBS: Thank you for airing this wonderful documentary.

  • Cee Leigh

    I just finished watching part 2 , part 1 last night- First of all, I was so thrilled to see this PBS Doc on Woody Allen- he is my all time favorite writer/director and has made me laugh and ponder life and love right along with him…. I really enjoyed the look back in his early career and his thought process in film-making… and to those people out there making judgments on him- judge yourself man- he did nothing wrong… its his life… like no one has ever cheated on a girl/boy friend.
    I love his movies and will continue to watch every new movie and re-visit all my past favorites. Thank you PBS and American Masters…ans Woody Allen

  • A different Joel

    What a thrill to watch Part 1 of this documentary; I look forward to catching the conclusion on line. I find it interesting that in a documentary of this length and depth that Weide clearly focused on the artist and not specifically the films, using the clips and films to demonstrate and highlight rather than be the primary target. In doing so, some of the movies, however great, are likely to be missed, some entirely. That’s a strategic decision that works here since Allen has famously been so publicity and media shy (except for all the salacious stuff). Better to focus on the man we don’t really know and not on the films themselves. I was a bit disappointed, at least in Part 1, that more wasn’t mentioned about Allen’s link to the other Jewish comedians of the age and to the influence of growing up Jewish. His inside jokes grounded in Yiddishkeit, verbal and visual, that are sprinkled in so many of his films, from Annie Hall’s Hassidim, the “Jew eat yet?” line, to the white bread sandwich with mayonnaise in…uh, insert film reference here, form a running gag that never stops being funny without being completely central to the stories. Allen’s characters’ misery and tsourris are clearly influenced by but not consumed by this cultural divide. A similar theme runs through the work of Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Mel Tolkin, Carl Reiner and now Seinfeld and Larry Davis.

  • Pat in Jersey

    Baloney, Woody!! I read somewhere of your comment on your current wife, that “the heart wants what the heart wants”. That’s how pedophiles intellectually describe their desires to make it “right”

    As your son Ronan says, he cannot dismiss Soon Yi as his sister, since it would insult all adopted children. And that’s for you, Woody. I always loved your movies– you are brilliant. But, now, in my eyes, you are nothing but a self-indulgent pedophile.

    Woody Allen married his first wife when she was 16, and had an affair with another high school girl way, way back.

    There is a blot in my mind where the brilliant Mr. Allen once used to be. I can’t separate his private life from his film life. Not at all. He ruined Mia’s family and his own. Disgraceful.

  • Pat Dumas

    After posting a comment here, I cannot help, after reading all the posts,but repost.

    What kept all the “in the know” folks at Penn State from revealing more about their coach Sandusky? It was a moral sense that Sandusky was a great guy, and why cause a stir in the pot??

    Same here with the lauds on Mr. Allen. Thoughts like “how could you say he is bad, he’s a genius” and for “give the man his personal life”, smack of the same sentiments. You are all intellectually covering up Mr. Allens bad moral character. That’s why children end up suffering in the end. We are there to protect the adults, not the children.

    Whether or not Mr. Allen and Mia Farrow were married or not, Soon Yi is STILL Woody’s daughter– brought up in the same house as Allen and Farrow (although, yes, it is known that Woody lived somewhere else.)

    Giving Allen a pass is grotesque. Lots of folks who mess with children get this same pass. Just because they’re not bums or alcoholics living in squalor doesn’t mean they’re NOT pedophiles. I know the intellectual bunch here abhors that word. But, folks, that’s what it is.

  • David

    When all is said and done, Woody and Soon Yi have participated in a rare event, a successful and apparently, very happy marriage. My good wishes to both of them.

  • Pat Myerson

    We watched this wonderful documentary last Sunday night – Part 1 – and for some reason were expecting Part 2 to be shown tonight Sunday 27th. We are so disappointed to discover that Part 2 was shown last Monday, and wonder if this truly great doc. will have another showing soon.
    Thanks for a reply!

  • Nancy

    Will it air again? I missed it.

  • CSL

    Hey, to all and sundry who are still touting the rightous attitude of men who mess with kids. Get your facts straight.
    She was not his child, she wasn’t even Mf”s child, and she was 19 years old, hardly a child period. The rest was what MF made of it, vicious and vindictive like the wrath of every woman scorned times a gazillion. In other words, stop talking for the sake of hearing yourself speak. Let’s open up some of your closets. It;s usually the people who shout the loudest who have the most to hide.

  • Pat Dumas

    CSL, really? Soon Yi, WAS Mia Farrow’s child. She was adopted by MF and Andre Previn. What are you trying to justify? Really, your facts are wrong. Factually, I don’t know or care to know what age Soon Yi was when she had her thing with Woody. Morally, I do care. Care for the rest of the children who don’t see Woody anymore, or don’t have a father like they used to. That’s why I’m all up in this. It’s folks like you who give men a pass with young girls.

  • Psychotherapist NYC

    It’s in vogue to throw stigmatizing terms around lightly, given pedophilia in the news. For an adult to be attracted to an 18-year-old and to an 8-year-old are completely different sexualities. One way older men misbehave is by marrying much younger women. One way older women misbehave is letting their fear of abandonment turn them into hateful name-callers. I suspect that the women calling Woody Allen a pedophile know that he is not, yet have an interest in making older man ashamed of leaving their older wives for younger women. This is an old story, and older women’s misbehavior is both transparent and understandable.

    On another subject, why is streaming suddenly turned off? I was an hour in, and totally enjoying it.

  • Amy

    What happened to the online streaming? I watched some of part 2, went back to see the rest, and it had stopped working.

  • Larry

    Why will streaming of this show stop working? PLEASE FIX! I was 1 hr and 10 min into the 1st part and now it will not play.

  • Sara

    Why can’t we watch the doc?? :( I was watching in installments and enjoying every minute. Please, let us know if/when it will be back!

  • Rick

    Your home page says, “Watch Part 2 anytime online” but this page says, “Streaming for this program is currently unavailable.”

    What gives? (I don’t think my local station aired part 2. Or has it not aired anywhere yet?)

  • Cool Swr1

    Why is the streaming currently unavailable???? When will it be available again?

  • carolyn scott

    6:00 pm Dec 4th – streaming still off. Can you let us know when or if it will be restored?

  • clashfan

    What’s up with the streaming being turned off? I really want to watch this program and have been trying for over a week with no luck. I am in the US so it should be available.

  • Jim Jennett

    I was enjoying watchng this documentary about Woody Allen on line, but before I finished watching it, the streaming was discontinued. Will it be reinstated? Why was it made unavailable with no warning?

  • quinntheskimo

    Really great watch. Was a casual fan of him and his work before this documentary but now want to focus even more on him and his works of art.
    Really though, I just want his table at Rao’s, in Harlem. I find it hilarious he based a main character around the flamboyant wife of the owner.
    Very grateful for PBS, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Weide

  • A D Snider

    Will you make part 2 available (streaming) again? (When?)

  • SBMiller

    When will the online streaming for parts 1 and 2 be available again?

  • John d

    These videos have not been available on this site for a week. Please stop advertising that these are part of your (very limited) online streaming selection.

  • S E Gregory

    I am dying to see this doc. Is streaming ever going to be available again?

  • Matt

    I tried watching this several weeks but the video would not start (I assume because of a technical issue with Flash). Now it has been taken down entirely.

    Come on PBS, you’re better than this! I really want to watch this show.

  • Justin

    Where can I find this program to watch. I missed both airings onPBS and my DVR didn’t grab it! I heard it is fantastic and would be more than happy to pay a rental fee to watch it. Thanks.

  • Steve

    I’m eagerly waiting for the streaming to be available again! Anyone knows if it is going to be available again any time soon!?

  • colin fitzpatrick

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Justin -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Matt -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

    Additionally PBS has discovered that our current flash player is incompatible with IE 7 and IE 8 on many computers. If you are still having problems with your plug in, try viewing the program here in Firefox or Chrome. Thanks for your patience.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi S E Gregory -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi John -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi SBMiller -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi A D Snider -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi clashfan -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Carolyn -

    We are pleased to share that we have resolved the recent technical issues and restored the PBS streaming for American Masters online viewers in the United States. The streaming distribution for the program will be available until December 23rd, 2011.

  • Bob Mitchell

    I am in Toronto Canada and I watch your Buffalo station that is adentified and promoted as PBS Buffalo/Toronto. The online video does not work here in Canada. I missed the Woody special. When will be shown again in this area?

    Thank you
    A big PBS supporter in Toronto.

  • Giorgia

    I am trying to watch the Woody Allen documentary online and am unable to access it, even though it should be available until December 23rd. Is this a technical issue or have you taken it off? When will it be accessible for viewing again?

  • Mark

    Oh, man, what a bad break! After being only able to watch part of Part1 on TV at home, I had been wanting to see if your website was providing streaming video. Now a slow day of work has given me some time to investigate and, voila, streaming ended today!! Rats! Any chance it will be reinstated? Please??

  • Sara

    I don’t understand….why until Dec 23 only? I had been planning to watch it next week! Now I check and see that I missed the boat. :( What’s the deal???

  • Maxine Ger

    I was looking forward to viewing Part 2 and found that it was no longer available, even though the expiration date given is January 3, 2012. What happened? What a disappointment.

  • Roger

    You said up until 12-23-11. Well it’s 11PM on the 23rd – Where is it? I was all ready to watch and nothing.

  • Giorgia

    I agree. I tried to watch it last night (Dec 22nd) and the video was not available. What is going on?

  • Charles


    I watched part 1 last week and came back to watch part 2 and find that I have missed it by one day. You’d think that PBS online could put in a prominent play-by-date. But then, I guess they want to maximize sells of the DVDs. Sorry, but that won’t hook me, I don’t NEED to own everything. Just want to watch it once. I can understand if there are licensing restrictions but this is a PBS production, is it not?

    Also, I come online to watch PBS programs because my PBS locals, North and South Carolina, do not broadcast PBS shows produced in widescreen as widescreen on the TV machine. Nothing more annoying than having a significant portion of both edges of a program cut off, especially when there are informational title blocks that extend from or to the edge.

    Really. As others have said here, PBS really should be better than this.

  • seasickmermaid

    I sure wish you’d put the movie back up on the website. i told so many people about it, thought it was great. Now it’s gone. please put it back.

  • chotso

    please let me know about the Woody Allen documentary
    says it expires 1/2 and 1/3/12
    please no false advertising
    please make it work
    p.s. loved The Troubadors

  • Jeff T

    Greetings, Public Broadcasting Service

    We’re apparently at that stage in our economic cultural project when you (PBS) are simply going to have to start charging us (countless American viewers) a nominal fee in order to enable us to view streaming video at any hour of the day.

    I’d pay, say, $8/month for that service. It would be like Netflix except that you (PBS) would have to make available your entire video catalog: any show, any time for the viewer to view.



  • Sarah

    I think I may have gotten some insight…both episodes are now available for rental via iTunes and who knows where else.

    I wish PBS would be more upfront about what’s going on so that we don’t keep checking this site in vain.

  • Mark

    Soon-Yi Previn was 21 or around that age when she and Woody Allen started together, so anyone calling Woody Allen a pedophile doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  • WoodyFan

    There is a Facebook page for “Woody Allen: A Documentary” that has links for DVD purchase, iTunes download and Amazon VOD. So go to Facebook, enter a search under the film’s title, and you’ll have 3 different options for viewing. There will also be updates posted on availability in other countries. I also found a Twitter account @WoodyAllenDoc that provides updates about the film.

  • Sarah

    I bit the bullet and watched both parts via iTunes and I have to say this is a wonderful, wonderful documentary. I love Woody even more, as the film confirmed a lot, in his own words, that I had already gleaned through an appreciation of his work. I admire him a lot and am glad to have gotten the chance to hear him speak directly about the themes that inspire and haunt him. It’s great to get a glimpse into the psychology of an artist of the highest caliber with real wisdom and insight into the human condition. He’s humble and self-effacing, and perfectionist to a fault. A remarkable human being. I look forward to many more years of his film making. Here’s to hoping he lives long life and continues to make at least a film a year, and continues to make them according to his vision.

  • chesa

    I would just like to say….. WHAT….
    The Critics, of the Critics Choice Awards, actually saw MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and were still able to come to the conclusion that BRIDESMAIDS (with respect to all involved) was critically a better film.
    Okay then, If I were dead I’d be spinning.

  • Linda G.

    I loved Woody Allen films when I was growing up and in my younger adult years — I was also from the midwest, and Woody Allen was indeed a breath of fresh air. But I have been so troubled by the allegations against Mr. Allen. I don’t think the situation with Soon-Yi necessarily qualifies as pedophilia, but has everyone forgotten the allegations regarding Mr. Allen’s younger adopted daughter, Dylan?

  • Young

    Hi~ I’m Korean. I’m learning English and a Huge fan of Woody. Can I get the script of Woody Allen’s episode?

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    I realy loved this post. live streaming TV online is a way of life.Thanks, i will sure come back in the future.

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    Call me dumb but I didn’t get the last frame What exactly happened!

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