Woody Allen once said that “sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go it’s pretty damn good.” Most readers would be compelled to think that Allen’s slight frame, trademark horn-rimmed glasses, and stuttering delivery would preclude his characters from achieving much of anything in the sexual realm. After all, how could the consummate nebbishes that Allen portrays in most of his films possibly impress a member of the fairer sex? Somehow, however, in spite of their whinging neuroticism, Allen’s geek incarnates transform into gallants of prodigious proportions in almost every role. Those wanting concrete evidence may take a look at Take the Money and Run (1969), Annie Hall (1977), or Manhattan (1979), among myriad others, and note that Allen’s characters repeatedly end up with women who seemed to make a gross error in sexual selection.
Last month, we brought you a supercut of Woody Allen’s stammers, comprising a 44-minute graduate course in Allen’s awkward mannerisms. Today, we continue this tradition and bring you another Allen supercut; this time, the montage consists of four-odd minutes of every occurrence of the term “making love” in Allen’s films, beginning with What’s New Pussycat (1965) and ending in To Rome With Love (2012). Merry Christmas!
Ilia Blinderman is a Montreal-based culture and science writer. Follow him at @iliablinderman.