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Duane: Sometimes when I’m driving…on the road at night, I see two headlights coming toward me, fast I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly—head on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion, the sound of shattering glass, the flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.
Alvy: Right, well I have to go now Duane because I’m due back on Planet Earth…
-Annie Hall, Directed by Woody Allen (1977)
I’m not an intellectual at all. But intellectuals are amusing and so when I write, I write about them in comic dilemmas and in comic situations. If I was pressed as an intellectual, I would be dead. But, as a writer, just making jokes about them, I can do that as something that interests me, because for whatever reason — whatever accident — I happen to find that part of the social milieu amusing and so it always seems to come out inadvertently in everything I do.
The editing of the film, for me, you know, you start off with very great ambitions, you know, like, ‘Citizen Kane,’ and then you shoot the film and then you get into the editing room, you realize that you screwed up so irredeemably that you just, you edit the film in any configuration to avoid embarrassment. The editing process becomes the floundering of a drowning man
Actors Woody Allen, Peter O’Toole and Peter Sellers on the set of the 1965 Clive Donner film “What’s New, Pussycat?” Click the pic to watch a scene from the movie.