"Melinda and Melinda," a comedy starting Will Ferrell and Radha Mitchell, is reviewed for CBS News Sunday Morning by contributor David Edelstein, who also takes a look a look back at the Brooklyn-born director's previous successes and failures.
The movie has been getting some advance acclaim for Allen, whose most recent works, such as "Hollywood Ending" and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," have failed to garner either box-office or critical success.
The actor-director-writer has been making movies since 1966, when he directed "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" His big break came almost a decade later with 1977's "Annie Hall," starring himself and Diane Keaton. That film earned him a Best Director Oscar and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
But the New York-based star wasn't there to accept. Allen made his first and only appearance at Academy Award ceremonies in the spring of 2002, when he urged filmmakers to continue to make movies in New York in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorism attack.
That was the same year he made his first visit to the Cannes Film Festival, to pick up a lifetime achievement award.
His signature style produces movies set in Manhattan, mixed and released in monaural sound, with beginning and ending credits set in white on black with jazz playing in the background.
He has made nearly a movie a year since 1969, among them, A"Take The Money and Run," "Play It Again, Sam," "Stardust Memories," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Hannah and Her Sisters."