Woody Allen, one of the most important figures in American cinema history, celebrates his 81st birthday today. Here is a list of 10 of his landmark films (up to this point) in chronological order.
3. SLEEPER (1972)
The first part of Allen’s filmography was very much marked by a more slapstick driven style. Besides the aforementioned titles, this period begins with the biting political satire Bananas (1971), and a finely tuned absurdist take on War and Peace, titled Love and Death (1976). The latter is often quoted as the milestone transition between this first period, and later more mature works.
Nevertheless, the most representative film of Allen’s first period remains Sleeper (1973). In this film, Allen openly channelled, and paid tribute tom the great slapstick figures of old, from Charles Chaplin to Jacques Tati (who had even made a similar wonderful work, Play Time, not long before Sleeper).
The dystopian futuristic artwork is timeless, part expressionist and part in tune with classics of the science fiction genre of the time, especially Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.