Filmmaker Woody Allen is often praised for his witty dialogue and the A-list ensemble he manages to collaborate with in each of his features. Allen’s features, however, are also blessed with a beautiful visual sense. During what some may considered his creative peak, Allen extensively worked with cinematographer Gordon Willis (Annie Hall, Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose). Allen’s work with Carlo Di Palma was also revered thanks to their work on Hannah and her Sisters, Bullets over Broadway,and the criminally underrated Shadows and Fog.
Allen’s latest director of photography choice is Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Reds), and Storaro’s painterly, golden light was evident in last year’s Cafe Society and now with Wonder Wheel.
Click on the media bar to hear Allen discuss working with Storaro, who’s considered one of cinema’s most talented cinematographers:
Wonder Wheel, starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, is now playing nationwide.
Filmmaker Woody Allen’s latest New York story is set in 1950s Coney Island, as Wonder Wheel centers on a waitress named Ginny (Kate Winslet) who’s trapped in a loveless marriage with a carousel operator (Jim Belushi). Justin Timberlake plays Mickey, a lifeguard and wannabe playwright who seemingly offers Ginny a way out of her melancholy state of mind.
“I was just overwhelmed by the magnitude of all these characters,” said Winslet, who was recently seen opposite Idris Elba in The Mountain Between Us. “In particular Ginny, the character I play – she’s so multi-layered and very rich and complex and emotionally very powerful.”
The project reteams Allen with acclaimed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Reds), as they recently worked together on Café Society. Click on the media bar to hear Allen talk about the Coney Island that is envisioned in Wonder Wheel:
Wonder Wheel, co-starringJuno Temple, opens nationwide December 1.
Various Woody Allen films have placed one foot firmly in the past (Radio Days, last year’s Café Society), and now Wonder Wheel takes a look back at 1950s Coney Island.
The story centers on the inevitably intersecting lives of an ex-waitress turned actress named Ginny (Kate Winslet), her rough and tumble carousel operator spouse Humpty (Jim Belushi), Humpty’s estranged daughter (Juno Temple), and a wannabe playwright (Justin Timberlake). Along with Allen’s continuing employment of a stellar ensemble, the director again teams with renowned cinematographer Vittorio Storaro(Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) for his latest feature. Storaro and Allen worked together on Café Society.
We’ve interviewed Allen over the years, and one of his many wonderful insights has his talking about why the advantages of fame outweighs its eventual price. Click on the media bar below to hear Allen:
Wonder Wheel opens in select theaters December 1. Check out the trailer below and leave us a comment!