Crying on the Outside: 1977's Oscar hog Annie Hall confirmed Allen as the comedic icon of the 70s, establishing a new kind of funnyman - quick-witted but wimpy, thinker rather than doer - and a style of humour rooted in seriousness.
Woody could do anything he wanted...and what he wanted was to stay behind the camera to make a glacial family drama in homage to his hero Ingmar Bergman, that well-known tickler of funnybones.
Ever heard the crack about Woody's "early, funny ones?" Everything before Interiors, basically.
Give Up the Day Job? Allen has incorporated serious into his day job, setting a template that everyone from Steve Martin to Zach Braff has tried to emulate.
While the comedies themselves got heavier, Allen still reserves the right – occasionally – to make a flat-out austere, miserabilist chamber-drama.
Useful rule of thumb: if Woody’s not starring, chances are he’s not even trying to be funny.