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 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.
  • By Maverick
    August 15, 2017
    09:02 PM

    Woody has been paid back folks, and by an Oscar winner no less. "Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" shows Michael Keaton, a former movie star, signing autographs for older fans while in his underwear running down the street. Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" shows past-his-prime stage actor Jim Broadbent stoically signing autographs for the older folks in his skivvies after escaping down the fire escape from a hotel room that now only contains two people, an attractive young woman and her mobster lover.
  • By Peter
    August 21, 2017
    07:21 PM

    Woody Allen is a comic genius and the Shakespeare of American film with his comedies and tragedies.
  • By Dwij
    September 07, 2017
    01:39 AM

    One obvious inspiration is 'A Streetcar Named Desire' ~ ' Blue Jasmine'
  • By hermann8997
    November 01, 2017
    06:44 PM

    Another Woman is also a homage to Wild Strawberries. Also, if you're considering Crimes And Misdemeanors a homage to Monsieur Verdoux, the same can be said about Match Point and it would be much more fitting, in my opinion; even though Match Point isn't comedic. Blue Jasmine can be considered to have a vague influence from A Woman Under The Influence and Shadows And Fog from M.
    • By hermann8997
      November 01, 2017
      06:52 PM

      Furthermore, certain elements of Interiors have a few similitudes with Persona and Manhattan with Antonioni's famous Trilogy (L'Avventura, La Notte, L'Eclisse).
  • By Paula P.
    November 26, 2017
    06:48 PM

    Great list! As a Woody Allen fan, I've often thought about these parallels...and a few others, though they don't always tie into a film from the Criterion Collection: Allen's short piece from "New York Stories" - "Oedipus Wrecks" - has similarities to Fellini's "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio" episode from "Boccaccio '70". "The Purple Rose of Cairo" could very well be a take on Fellini's "The White Sheik". "Match Point" is clearly inspired by "A Place in the Sun"(adapted from the novel, An American Tragedy), and "Mighty Aphrodite" could be a cousin to Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria". " Bullets Over Broadway" & "Celebrity" are echoes, on many levels, of Truffaut's "Day For Night". And - maybe you or another moviegoer can help me with this one - Robin Williams plays an out-of-focus character in Allen's "Deconstructing Harry", and I know for certain I've seen that same scenario in another, older (foreign) film, but I cannot recall which. There's a trivia question for you.
  • By Andrea Ostrov
    December 23, 2017
    12:53 PM

    ANOTHER WOMAN is very close to WILD STRAWBERRIES. HUSBANDS AND WIVES is very much like a Cassavetes film.
  • By Andrea Ostrov
    December 23, 2017
    12:56 PM

    PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO is like WHITE SHEIK. I think SHADOWS AND FOG is supposed to be like something by Resnais.
  • By Dean Estes
    March 12, 2018
    02:14 AM

    Exceptionally well researched, well written and highly entertaining list. Thank you!