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FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson

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LEGACY

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Woody Allen

“Allen’s writing grapples with how people struggle to find contentment: through love, through success, through a few laughs.”

Few film artists have been as prolific, talented, and utterly dismissive of their body of work as Woody Allen. “When I’m home lying on my bed and I’m writing something, I have these incredible ideas,” he once said. “I think I’m going to write Citizen Kane every time out of the box, and it’s going to be so great. And then I make the film, and I’m so humiliated by what I see afterward. I think: ‘Where did I go wrong?’”

He is far too modest. Born in December 1935 in New York’s Bronx, Allen has been steadily ...

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