Actor/director Woody Allen blasted US president George W Bush when he collected his lifetime achievement award at Spain's San Sebastian film festival on Friday (17SEP04).

Allen - who is currently shooting an untitled movie in London - insisted it would be "tragic" if Bush was re-elected in November.

He says, "If you observe (Bush), it's quite amusing. If you listen to him as he speaks, if you follow him closely, it would provide you a great many laughs.

"But it's the perfect example of islands of comedy, comic moments against a very, very tragic background."

Allen's criticism comes after directors Jonathan Demme and Wim Wenders condemned the state of American politics at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

21/09/2004 17:19