Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in “Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story”

Even though Woody Allen already had some notable credits to his name in 1971, he was still getting his feet wet as a filmmaker when he was hired to direct a 25-minute mockumentary called Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story. The short film was a satire of the Nixon administration in which Allen played an advisor named Harvey Wallinger, a character who clearly modeled on Henry Kissinger. A then-unknown Diane Keaton had her first collaboration with Allen by playing the role of Wallinger’s wife. Men of Crisis was produced for PBS, but before it could air, PBS got cold feet and feared they would lose their government support if they poked fun of Nixon like this. As a result, the short never aired on television and remained buried for years, but of course, it is now available for viewing on Youtube.

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