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Million Dollar Movie

Just a quick teaser for what’s coming next week, when we cover one of the Wood Man’s greatest periods, the early Orion run: Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters and Radio Days.

I was always interested in gangsters and people don’t associate me with that because of their image of me on the screen. They think I’m more intellectual than I am, because I wear glasses and I’m built slightly.

But the truth is I came from the streets of Brooklyn. I’m not educated–I mean I was thrown of college in my freshman year. My father was always, you know, a cab driver or a pool hustler. He ran a pool room. He worked for Albert Anastasia for a while, taking bets at Saratoga. I had always had an interest in and a feeling for that.

I’m not a gangster, but I’m more of that world. I’m more the guy that’s home with a beer in his undershirt watching the Television set, than I am pouring over, you know, the Russian novelists. I mean, I’ve read things over the years to keep up with my dates, but the truth of the matter is my heart has always been at the ballpark.

Woody Allen to Richard Schickel

Say Word, Woody!

[Photo Credit: Eclectic Commons]

Categories:  Bronx Banter  Million Dollar Movie

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1 The Mick536   ~  Jul 10, 2010 10:12 am

A little too post modern for me. Wish his pictures had a little more of this side of him. But, maybe they do and I never looked at them using this filter. Albert's Anastasia died in a barber's chair at the Waldorf. Paul Castellano in front of Sparks. Crazy Joe, an artsy guy at heart, died at Umbertos. Lenny Bruce died in a bathroom of an overdose. Woody has a lot of work ahead of him.

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