Woody Allen: King of the Indies

Woody Allen: King of the Indies

Woody Allen directs Vicky Cristina Barcelona

In Hollywood, Woody Allen is the guy at the beach who gets sand kicked in his face by the musclebound bully.

But in indie-land, he does the sand kicking.

Today’s independent films make a fraction of what most mainstream movies make, and we’re talking about a tiny fraction in the best-case scenarios.

“The Visitor” was one of 2008’s breakout indie hits. It’s total box office take? $9.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Other indies are lucky to crack the $2 million mark.

And then there’s the Woody Allen collection.

Take “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Allen’s latest film has earned $21 million – and counting. And while his previous film, “Cassandra’s Dream,” delivered a very ordinary $1 million, recent flicks like “Scoop” ($10 million) and “Match Point” ($23 million) greatly overachieved by indie standards.

The Allen brand, after all these years, still packs a wallop. Other indie films feature just as many good actors, and they often deal with themes far more pulp-worthy than Allen’s introspective fare. But people remain loyal to Allen and his neurotic storytelling.

(Photo: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson confer with Woody Allen, right, on the set of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” – photo credit: Victor Bello/TWC 2008)

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