woodyallen.jogIn 1992, Mia Farrow found naked pictures of Soon-Yi Previn, her adopted daughter, whilst rifling through a drawer at Woody Allen's house. The writer-actor-director now says that the incident, and the huge scandal that erupted following, is one of the best things that ever happened to him. "[It was] one of the fortuitous events, one of the great pieces of luck in my life," he tells Vanity Fair.  "Probably in retrospect I should have bowed out of that relationship [with Farrow] much earlier than I did." Elsewhere in the interview, the two-time Oscar winner rejects the idea that he's a "great filmmaker" – at least, compared to Fellini and Kurosawa. "I feel that level of greatness is just not in me," he tells the magazine. "It may just not be in the genes."

Allen's filmography does a lot to dispel auteur theory – he's managed to work within the studio system without ever really having to struggle to subvert it; he's made a lot of great pictures, but his bad films, though covered with his fingerprints, are simply not worthy of consideration. Still, I think as far as the evolution of genre goes, he'll prove to be just as influential as Fellini and Kurosawa – if not more so, because his aesthetics are easily mimicked. What do you think?
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