Woody Allen, the quintessential East Coast cynic of cinema, has dozens of films under his belt. He's dabbled in nearly every genre, from romantic comedy (Annie Hall) to sci-fi (Sleeper), and he's even created some genres of his own; take the fantastical time travel romance Midnight in Paris, for example. His ever-evolving approach to filmmaking structure took root with What's Up Tiger Lily?, his directorial debut. Rather than, well, filming the film, Allen excerpted scenes from an existing Japanese spy drama in the International Secret Police series. He edited and reordered scenes, overdubbed his own original English dialogue and thus reshaped a James Bond-esque foreign thriller into a hilarious search for a fantastic egg salad recipe. Tiger Lily screens at 8 p.m. this evening as part of Webster University's Strange Brew Series at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; www.webster.edu/filmseries). Admission is $4.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2012