Alternatives to Watching Woody Allen

So. You’ve heard a lot about this Woody Allen guy. You haven’t seen his films, but from friends or professors, you feel a need to see what all the hype is about. People in the know about film, even those who disavow him and his predatory behavior, acknowledge his influence on American filmmaking. Do you, as someone who doesn’t want to support abusers or someone who would be adversely affected by the moments of misogyny and tattletale abuse in his films, need to watch his filmography?

I say no! Here are alternatives to Woody Allen, many influenced by or reacting to his works in some way, that give you an understanding of what formal qualities and thematic concerns are in…

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  • What's Up, Doc?
  • Paper Moon
  • Scenes from a Marriage
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • Metropolitan
  • Greetings from Africa
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • The Last Days of Disco
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Frances Ha
  • Marriage Story