Video Essay: 10 Things About Woody Allen’s Bananas (1971)

We’re making our way through Allen’s filmography for our book – The Woody Allen Pages Watcher’s Guide. Volume 1 features Bananas, Allen’s 1971 film, and one his beloved early comedies. It celebrates 45 years this year, and we’ve pulled out the most interesting bits of trivia from the film for our second video essay. How many did you know?

1. United Artists wanted Allen’s first film
2. The political short film he made in 1971 that has never been released
3. The books that inpired the film
4. The only EGOT to work with Woody Allen
5. His ex-wife who starred in the film
6. The real San Marcos
7. The world’s best sportscaster’s cameo
8. The friend in the trailer
9. The man behind the poster
10. And Sylvester Stallone, of course.

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This is only our second ever video essay. Here’s the first, on Take The Money And Run.

Here’s the classic trailer from Bananas, which we talk about in the essay.


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