The end of the ’70s was a transitional time for Woody Allen. After making a name as the master of goofy comedies and satires, he gravitated towards drama at the end of the decade. “Annie Hall” and especially “Manhattan” contained many insightful dramatic moments, even though they were categorized as romantic comedies. Sandwiched in between those two films was the uber-drama “Interiors,” Allen’s fittingly dour tribute to his idol Ingmar Bergman. During a rare 30-minute interview filmed as part of a 1979 French TV documentary titled “Question de Temps: Une Heure Avec Woody Allen,” unearthed by Eyes on Cinema, Allen’s uncertainty and confusion about where his career will go during the ’80s becomes very obvious.
Bear in mind that while he gave the interview, Allen was preparing to begin production on “Stardust Memories,” his homage to Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2,” as well as a film about his recent disinterest in comedy and his identity crisis as an artist. Therefore, the inner conflict between the comedian and the serious artist is very much on display here, as Allen continuously contradicts himself while he answers questions about his career. One minute he says that he loves working and can’t stop even to have fun, the next he states that he hates shooting films and does this boring job for the love of the art that results from the process. You can watch the interview below: