Woody Allen is considering retirement from filmmaking.
The legendary actor/writer/director has helmed some of the most iconic movies of all time including Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanours and Bullets Over Broadway.
He holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay, with 16.
Allen recently completed his 50th movie, Coup de Chance, and that milestone has left him in a reflective mood regarding his career, as he isn't totally satisfied with the current state of the industry.
"I was thinking this is my 50th film and I have to decide if I want to make more films," he previously told Variety.
"There are two things that I thought about. One is, it’s always such a pain in the neck to raise money for a movie. And do I want to go through it?
"Making the movie is one thing, but raising the money for it, you know, is tedious and not glamorous. And now if somebody steps out of the shadows and says, ‘I’ll give you money to make your movie,’ that would be an influential factor in making another movie."
Allen doesn't like where cinema is going
Allen doesn't like the current streaming trend as he prefers to see his productions, and those of his peers, have longer runs in the cinema.
"I don’t like the idea – and I don’t know of any director that does — of making a movie and after two weeks it’s on television or streaming," he continued.
"This is not a high cultural point. There were many wonderful films made in the past, and you don’t see many wonderful films made now. When I wanted to go to the movies, there used to be three or four films I was dying to see.
"Every week there would be a film from Truffaut and Fellini and Ingmar Bergman and Kurosawa. Now, very few European films are playing in the United States to begin with. I think we’re not in a wonderful place culturally, certainly not in cinema."