Allen also said: “You always start out with great hopes. When I’m writing, laying at home in bed, where you don’t meet the test of reality, you know, you’re in your own home, and, ‘That’s great’ and ‘Oh, this scene’s going to be fabulous’ and ‘Wait till they see this’ and ‘This is like Citizen Kane’.
“Then, you’ve got to put up or shut up. You shoot and you make mistakes. You put the camera in the wrong place. And some of the scenes you wrote at home that you thought were so brilliant are not so brilliant. It’s always disappointing.”
He added: “When we go from that [editing] room into this room, with the first cut of the picture, and put it up on the screen for the first time, it’s always like a cold shower. And all your grandiose ambitions reduce themselves to, ‘How can I save this from being an embarrassment?’.
“I’m not the great artist that I was certain I would be when I was younger. I still delude myself sometimes and think, ‘Well, maybe I’ll get lucky and something will come out like that’. But you know, after 40, 41 films, whatever – you start to realise, it’s just not there.”
In my opinion, I think he is being too hard on himself or perhaps comparing his work to the blockbuster pack. But in reality and in my opinion, Allen’s work is top notch and hand crafted quality. He should continue with his style of film making because some of us “old school” film lovers totally appreciate his work.