Guarding Woody Allen

Christian Lorentzen on Woody Allen

Critics for more than a decade have made an annual ritual of castrating Woody Allen. Dont let him fuck again! the subtext invariably reads. Each new release occasions observations on Allens decline, reviews to be read either as obituaries or citizens arrests, as if his entire career were not marred by missteps and outright flops. Artists are resented for growing old in public, especially when they age beside Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, and Ta Leoni.