Woody Allen Pays Homage To...

by Nicolas Edelbach

Created 06/25/13

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Woody Allen releases one film each year.

Often, they have plots and scenes similar to his favorite movies.

He also puts in little references to other films.


  • By Matthew G
    October 16, 2013
    04:14 PM

    This is exhaustive. A few of them are a bit of a stretch (e.g. Monsieur Verdoux for Crimes and Misdemeanors) but even those are intriguing. Well done!
  • By Theo
    November 10, 2013
    05:27 PM

    What about the scenes in Annie Hall where he watches his old memories and converses with teachers/parents as an adult compared to the memories in Wild Strawberries?
  • By Eric Levy
    March 06, 2014
    11:58 AM

    Wonderful list Nicholas--and very thorough! This may be a bit if a stretch, but I always felt the editing style of HUSBANDS AND WIVES owed a debt to BREATHLESS.
  • By Max Zimmerman
    May 15, 2014
    07:50 PM

  • By parcelcity
    May 15, 2014
    11:15 PM

  • By WillemDafoe
    May 16, 2014
    12:57 AM

    Great List, as a huge Woody Allen fan and as a Criterion Fan I thank you
  • By Liam Molenda
    May 24, 2014
    05:41 PM

    Awesome, I would love a Radio Days criterion, or Love and Death. Ah well, thanks for the list!
  • By Kenny_V
    June 07, 2014
    12:27 AM

    What a great list -- I don't agree with all of it, but you got me thinking about many of my favorite films in a new light. I appreciate all the work you put into this.
  • By Raymond Benson
    June 14, 2014
    11:59 PM

    Re: #12, the movie that Gil suggests to Bunuel in "Midnight in Paris" is "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," not "The Exterminating Angel."
    • By Angelo Bombelli
      June 16, 2014
      04:25 PM

      No, Exterminating Angel was right.
    • By Angelo Bombelli
      June 16, 2014
      04:28 PM

      In Midnight in Paris Buñuel asks, "But why can’t they leave? I don’t understand." As Gil leaves Buñuel mutters to himself, "...What's holding them in the room?..."
  • By Paddy
    June 24, 2014
    05:54 AM

    I saw the 1968 Jacques Demy film Model Shop recently and the plot is incredibly similar to that of Midnight in Paris. Indeed its essence is more or less identical. And both are terrific films. I would love to see Criterion do a release of Model Shop at some point in the future. I was disappointed to see that it doesn't feature in the new 'Essential Demy' box set. Model Shop is essential Demy.
  • By The Narrator Returns
    July 04, 2014
    08:11 PM

    It's not a Criterion film, but since you're blanketing Cassavetes' films in general, Husbands and Wives borrows a few tricks from Cassavetes and particularly Husbands.
  • By Brett Sheehan
    July 05, 2014
    01:50 PM

    Interesting list. Thanks for posting.
  • By JLamarCrabb
    July 15, 2014
    10:08 AM

    Good stuff
  • By Sean Harmer
    July 20, 2014
    08:02 AM

    I'd like to add that Another Woman borrows from Bergman's Wild Strawberries with similarities between the main characters (both elderly professors learn from a close relative that the family hates him, and both characters reexamine their life after friends and family accuse them of being cold and unfeeling) also the dream sequence from Wild Strawberries is recreated.
  • By Kenn Rabin
    October 18, 2014
    03:56 PM

    These are very astute, and it was a lot of fun to read. I agree completely that during my entire time watching PURPLE ROSE, when it first came out, all I could think of was SHERLOCK, JR, one of my favorite Keaton films. Also, yes, the reference in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS was absolutely EXTERMINATING ANGEL. When that sequence played in the cinema, I laughed out loud, and was the only one to do so. My wife leaned into me and whispered, "What's so funny?" "I'll tell you later," I said. But was the Tati routine with the funeral wreath and the spare tire M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY? I thought it was TRAFFIC.
  • By Kenn Rabin
    October 18, 2014
    03:57 PM

    Of course, the other one that's missing from this list is MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY and Orson Welles' LADY FROM SHANGHAI. The end of MMM is a direct quote from the Welles.
  • By pandoble
    February 18, 2015
    12:43 PM

    "lady from shanghai" -- there's the big scene at the end of manhattan murder mystery, where they are behind the screen where the film is being projected. also, in "manhattan" there's the scene between woody and diane k in the dark observatory where they are black silhouettes, just like the scene in the aquarium in "lady from shanghai."
  • By corchap
    February 19, 2015
    01:18 PM

    Really interesting.. I was just about to point out Sherlock Jr and Purple Rose of Cairo but someone beat me to it :)
  • By Fabio
    January 02, 2016
    10:18 AM

    Great list. But you forgot Double Indemnity (Seen in Manhattan Murder Mistery)
  • By Michael A.
    June 06, 2017
    02:47 PM

    Another thing you could add would be the parallel between Wild Strawberries and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Both Judah (Crimes) and Isak (WS) have very similar flashbacks when they visit their childhood homes.