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Thursday September 16 2010

Woody Allen muses on the lies made up by the mainstream media:

For some reason, the press wanted to say bad things about her. I don’t know if they had something against the Sarkozys, or it was a better way to sell papers. But the fabrications were so wild and so completely fake, and I wondered to myself, Is this what happens with Afghanistan and the economy and matters of real significance? This is a trivial matter. That’s a longwinded answer to your question: I was not prepared for the amount of press that was attached to the picture because of Madame Sarkozy.

Madame Sarkozy has a small part in Allen’s latest movie.

As with so many Allen pronouncements, you suspect him of being more like those newspapers he denounces than like the innocent he presents himself as.  Why on earth did he cast Madame Sarkozy if not to stoke up a little media heat?  Did he expect only sweetness and light?  Surely not.

Plus, he makes it sound like this is the first time this thought has occurred to him.  But this cannot possibly be the first time the media have told lies, or what Allen considered to be lies, given all that furore when he married his adopted daughter.

Earlier in the interview, Allen says he never looks at his earlier movies.  He also says that as you get older you don’t learn anything.  Might those two sentiments perhaps be connected?  My opinion of Allen is that he makes mostly rather patchily average movies, or worse, but that quite a few of the scenes in his movies are outstanding.  Perhaps if he had forced himself to watch his earlier work a bit more, he might have worked out how to make first-rate movies, or at least have given himself a better chance of accomplishing that.

Still, a few great scenes is better than most movie-makers ever manage.  And in the age of DVDs and YouTube, rather than mere cinemas or nationwide unrecordable telly, we can all wallow in our favourite scenes to our heart’s content if we want to, and skip the rest.

Much the same applies to blogging, does it not?  Few of us can be great bloggers.  Most of us can at least reasonably hope to manage quite a few great postings.