Meet Woody Allen, at Cannes!
“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger,” starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Emma Jones and Lucy Punch, has generated the biggest buzz on the French Riviera, with the film glitterati queuing up to get to the world premiere of the comedy.
Allen’s press conference itself was a master class in irony and brilliance.
Staying true to himself, the ageless 74-year-old filmmaker has always been a conjurer, mixing common sense with a sense of humor, to the point where it turns explosive and very close to what American comedian Groucho Marx described as the “reason gone mad.”
“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” (image from www.festival-cannes.com)
Describing Allen’s style, Oscar-nominee Josh Brolin said “he creates an electricity on the set where anything can happen.”
Allen reiterated that the trick in directing films is “just” to be a good hirer.
“Hire the right people!”, he said. “If you hire Emma, Josh, Lucy, Naomi and Anthony you can’t go that wrong.”
Woody Allen and Naomi Watts at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival (AFP Photo / Valery Hache)
“A joke is a very serious thing,” Winston Churchill was once quoted as saying. Allen has taken the art of irony way down to a more serious level. Just ask him any question and prepare for a scoop. Example:
“My relation with death remains the same: I’m strongly against it!”, Allen told the press conference, constantly making all those present – including his larger-than-life – burst into laughter.
Or: “There’s no advantage in getting older, nothing good happens. It’s a bad business. I advise you not to do it.”
Still, like Brolin’s character says, “you will meet the same tall, dark stranger that we all eventually meet.”
As Woody suggests, we better do it with laughter.
Valeria Paikova, RT, Cannes