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This is madness. And I mean absolute madness. Ben Craw and Oliver Noble of The Huffington Post have taken the idea of the supercut to its illogical extreme. They’ve compiled every single Woody Allen stammer from every single Woody Allen movie.
And the clip runs 44 minutes long.
On the short’s — the “short“‘s — YouTube page, a HuffPost comment says that Craw and Noble spent months working on this thing in between other assignments. It shows. On the one hand, it’s so comprehensive (at least until Woody makes his next movie) and so aesthetically pure, it’s almost an experimental film unto itself. And if you’re a Woodman obsessive, it can be interesting to chart the evolution of the Woody archetype bit by nebbishy bit, and to compare different Woody characters for varying levels of stammering (Val Waxman from “Hollywood Ending” seems particularly hesitant to share his feelings; such is the life of a blind Hollywood director). On the other hand, this is 44 minutes of Woody Allen stammering. In the time it would take you to watch this entire thing, you could watch half of an actual Woody Allen movie (or more! “Take The Money and Run”‘s only 85 minutes). So I don’t know. Is this the supercut’s greatest achievement or its jump the shark moment? Only time will, uh, y’know, c’mon, uh, it’ll, well, I mean, it’ll tell.
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