Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Deconstructing Woody

As part of Daddy School*, the kids and I are watching all of Woody Allen's movies. So far they like 'the older, funny ones' the best (Bananas, Sleeper, Love and Death, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex, But Were Afraid To Ask), although my oldest says his favorite so far is Midnight In Paris, and he liked Broadway Danny Rose pretty well. Today we started looking into Woody's influences, so I streamed A Night In Casablanca on Netflix. It was the first Marx brothers movie that I'd ever seen, and I liked it. The boys noticed that Woody incorporated a lot of Groucho's schtick into his own persona, especially in his earlier work. It was fun to listen to a 7 and 10 year old dissect a film like that.

After we're done with Woody, we're going to move onto Kubrick.

*Daddy School is what we do in the summer to work on problem areas that pop up during the school year (usually math), and supplement the kids' education with cultural and philosophical material that we think is lacking from their school curriculum. 

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