His creative energies apparently undimmed by age or controversy, Woody Allen maintains his regular 'spring film'/'fall film' schedule. But Deconstructing Harry, which opened last year's Venice Festival, caught many critics off-guard with its more-than-usually self-critical tone. The study of an emotionally immature middle-aged writer appropriately named Harry Block, it has its usual line-up of guest stars (in addition to those mentioned right Mariel Hemingway and Robin Williams also appear). But it focuses very much on the neurotic, thrice-married Harry as he heads off, riddled with insecurity, to a small, upstate-New York college to receive an award. Is it, however, autobiographical? "Harry's philosophy speaks to me," says Allen, "I feel the same way he feels about women, about science, about philosophy, religion and art. But he's got 600 crises coming in on him from all sides. I don't."

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Woody Allen

Written by: Woody Allen

Produced by: Jean Doumanian

Cast: Richard Benjamin, Billy Crystal, Judy Davis, Elisabeth Shue, Woody Allen, Stanley Tucci, Caroline Aaron, Demi Moore, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban

Nominations and Awards

  • Screen International Award (for a non-European film) 1998