Woody Allen at a Crossroads

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• A self-described "militant Freudian atheist,” Woody Allen (born 1935 as Allan Stewart Konigsberg) has written and directed over 40 films and won four Academy Awards (3 for original screenplay, 1 for directing).

• Allen joked “that when he was young he was often sent to inter-faith summer camps, where he "was savagely beaten by children of all races and creeds."

• At 17 he ghost-wrote gags for newspaper columnists, calling himself Woody Allen and earning more than his parents’ salaries combined.

• Watch the famous scene above from Bananas (1971), with Fielding Mellish (Allen) on trial after inadvertently becoming the president of a banana republic. 

• Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) brought him the Oscar for Best Director and contains a long string of hilarious scenes, many with Diane Keaton.