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Tall Dark Stranger Promising For Woody Allen

Freida Pinto stars in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger this Fall Freida Pinto stars in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger this Fall
Woody Allen is one of the great American filmmakers, but for most of the past couple of decades or so it had seemed his best years were behind him. All that changed with 2008’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, which signaled a return to form. This Fall, Allen’s latest feature, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, promises to keep up the high standard. Ringers like Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, and the uber-hot Freida Pinto can only help.

The once decidedly New York filmmaker has once again returned to Europe for the setting of the new film. Hopkins and Brolin play men with disintegrating relationships. Watts plays Hopkins’ daughter and Brolin’s disgruntled partner, while Pinto catches Brolin’s eye, helping complicate the situation.

Allen’s last film, 2009’s Whatever Works, found the filmmaker exploring familiar ground with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David in the central role. The film received mixed reviews, but contained much of the cynicism and dark humor that are Allen’s trademarks.

Before 2008, Allen’s most recent work of outstanding quality was 1999’s Sweet and Lowdown, starring Sean Penn and Uma Thurman. The film, which told the story of the world’s greatest jazz guitarist, earned an Academy Award nomination for Penn, as well as for the film's supporting actress, Samantha Morton.

Also in the ‘90s, movies like Deconstructing Harry and Mighty Aphrodite were fine Allen films, each earning him an Oscar nomination for writing. Despite the acclaim, most fans were still waiting for Allen to deliver his next Annie Hall.

Annie Hall is widely considered Allen’s magnum opus. The film won four Oscars at the 1977 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Writing, and Best Director. Diane Keaton also won Best Actress, while Allen was nominated, but failed to win, as Best Actor.

Allen’s career has been prolific and sometimes inconsistent, but in 1989 he produced another one of his masterpieces, Crimes and Misdemeanors. Again, Allen was nominated for a pair of Oscars, one for Best Writing and another for Best Director. Martin Landau was also nominated as Best Supporting Actor.

With so many career highlights, Woody Allen has nearly done it all. From Annie Hall to Vicky Christina Barcelona, Allen has produced stellar films in each of the last four decades. This Fall, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger marks the 19th consecutive year that the 74-year-old has written and directed at least one feature film. Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, and Freida Pinto are all on board to help make it another success for one of America’s greatest filmmakers.

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