The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Before and After #179:
Allen Stewart Konigsberg (aka Woody Allen)

Before


After

12 comments :

Fred said...

I recently saw him and his wife in the waiting room of my doctor's office. He looked like someone I wouldn't let get near my kids.

laamish said...

40 years of the same damn glasses.

Lex10 said...

creep
boycott

homesteader said...

I'm sure his next film will be about an octogenerian with a 22 year old girlfriend.

East Side said...

I once saw Woody and his child-bride sitting on a bench in Central Park. She looked bored out of her mind while he seemed to begging me to look at him. What was really weird was that they were sitting across from the Alice in Wonderland statue where kids were playing. C'mon, Woody, you're a married man!

MichaelRyerson said...

Kind of amusing, the emotions he seems to elicit in you folks.

Steve_W said...

This entry must have the most similar before and after shots so far! Compare/contrast with "Divine" a couple months ago...

Tommy O'C said...

This entry must have the most similar before and after shots so far!

Funny, when I saw it, I was going to say, "not much difference, huh?"

I'm sure his next film will be about an octogenerian with a 22 year old girlfriend.

Yes! I'd had enough when Allen made that movie years ago where Julia Roberts (!) was ga-ga for him--and it wasn't a joke!

Tom Sutpen said...

The similarity is, I'll confess, the point here (in fact, laamish figured it out: it's all about the eyeglasses).

Sure, Woody Allen is a creep . . . or at least a recidivist when it comes to doing creepy things . . . but if we started boycotting movies on the basis of their directors' personalities (usually repellant in one respect or another), I daresay nobody would go to see nuthin'.

That said, I'd feel more sympathy for Woody Allen as far as the 'Dirty Old Man' business goes if he hadn't gone out of his way to sustain that impression by returning to the 'young lass/old goat' theme long after its 'sell by' date.

He's largely abandoned it in his recent work, but (from outward appearances, anyway) he seems to be revisiting it somewhat in his next film, Whatever Works (side question: has any filmmaker dreamed up lousy titles as consistently as Woody Allen?). Only difference this time is the old codger is played by Larry David, not Allen.

Sheesh. You think he'd have learned by now . . .

idodialog said...

God you guys are hung up. Let he who is without fault cast the first stone. He's human, it wasn't illegal, it was ancient history, (unless I'm mistaken) their relationship has lasted longer than yours, "He looked like", "She looked bored" - jeez is that just a wee bit superficial.
Get over it.

phil said...


I'll never boycott you, Woody.

Let them have their Adam Sandler.

Tommy O'C said...

Although I always try to separate the artist from the individual, I have ignored most of Woody's latter-day efforts, which have been so bad that even Woody's beloved Manhattan base has avoided them.

That said, I thought Matchpoint was quite good. Vickie Christina Barcelona was also good, but overrated.

I thought then, and still do now, that the whole "child molestation" ordeal that Allen was put through was a kangaroo court for the media.

That said, it's not mutually exclusive for one to enjoy Allen the artist's best work while showering Allen the man with raspberries.