In case you missed it, The New York Times snagged a quick but worthy Q&A with Woody Allen today, a week before his new film comes out. Allen told the Times’ Dave Itzkoff that his film, titled "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" and featuring Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Anthony Hopkins, was his way of exploring the nature of belief.
Not that he’s a believer himself–"I wish I could get with it," he said, "it would be a big help on those dark nights"–but he does give it considerable due.
The film follows the faltering marriage of an older couple, played by Hopkins and Gemma Jones. Jones finds refuge from her crumbling life in God, which, says Allen, should not be taken lightly. There may be "no real difference between a fortune teller or a fortune cookie and any of the organized religions," Allen says, but "they’re all equally valid or invalid, really. And equally helpful."
Does that mean that Allen has himself given up his existentialist views? Has he given over to the comforts of blind faith?
Again, don’t get your hopes up: "I have a grim, scientific assessment" of the world, he says. "I just feel, what you see is what you get."