When did Woody Allen's endless and dull introspection turn into unconscious and funny self parody?
"...I don't find political subjects or topical world events profound enough to get interested in them myself as an artist. As a filmmaker, I'm not interested in 9/11. Because, if you look at the big picture, the long view of things, it's too small, history overwhelms it. "
As opposed to the universal themes of the human condition in "Hollywood Ending," "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," and "Anything Else." Not to mention the timeless fare of "What's up Tiger Lily." (By the way, the end scene in Tiger Lily, now disturbingly prescient, shows Woody Allen ogling a young Japanese go-go dancer for several minutes.)
Not even faintly sensing the irony, Allen is genuinely pleased to be considered a European film maker.
SPIEGEL Interview with Woody Allen