Premiering at the Venice film festival is Woody Allen’s 50th film, ‘Coup de Chance’ a film that centres around Fanny and Jean who look like the ideal married couple—they’re both professionally accomplished, they live in a gorgeous apartment in an exclusive neighborhood of Paris, and they seem to be in love just as much as they were when they first met. But when Fanny accidentally bumps into Alain, a former high school classmate, she’s swept off her feet. They soon see each other again and get closer and closer. It received a five minute standing ovation but is Woody Allen’s 50th film his last?
At 87 years old he is one of the oldest high profile directors still regularly making films but after a number of controversies notably his daughter Dylan accusing him of sexually abusing her which he strongly denies and so finding funding for his films in the US has proved difficult to impossible. Consequently he is pondering retirement because hustling to secure backing and at such an age is not what he wants to do anymore.
At the festival he was asked about it and replied , ‘My reaction has always been the same. The situation has been investigated by two people, two major bodies, not people, but two major investigative bodies. And both, after long detailed investigations, concluded there was no merit to these charges, that, you know, is exactly as I wrote in my book, “Apropos of Nothing.” There was nothing to it. The fact that it lingers on always makes me think that maybe people like the idea that it lingers on. You know, maybe there’s something appealing to people. But why? Why? I don’t know what you can do besides having it investigated, which they did so meticulously. One was less than a year and the other one was many months. And they spoke to everybody concerned and, you know, both came to the exact same conclusion.’
But is Is Woody Allen’s 50th film his last? He replied….
‘I was thinking this is my 50th film and I have to decide if I want to make more films. There’s two things that I thought about. One is, it’s always such a pain in the neck to raise money for a movie. And do I want to go through it? Making the movie is one thing, but raising the money for it, you know, is tedious and not glamorous. And now if somebody steps out of the shadows and says, ‘I’ll give you money to make your movie,’ that would be an influential factor in making another movie. And the other thing is where movies have gone. I don’t like the idea – and I don’t know of any director that does — of making a movie and after two weeks it’s on television or streaming’
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