11. Woody Allen
ANNIE HALL, MANHATTAN, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Cinema’s resident neurotic comedian, Allen writes films that crackle with his own witty, acerbic dialogue. Allen’s journey from making goofy comedies to tragically hopeful ones is a beautiful filmic metamorphosis. He is a director who has clear influences, but is able to steal from his predecessors to create works all his own. Almost entirely centered around New York City, his body of work is uniquely American.
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