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By Peter J. Bailey, Sam B. Girgus

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ISBN-13: 9781444337235

Edited via well known Allen specialists, A spouse to Woody Allen provides a suite of 26 unique essays at the director’s motion pictures. Contributions supply a couple of divergent severe views whereas increasing the contexts within which his paintings is understood.

  • A well timed significant other by means of the authors of 2 of an important books on Allen to date
  • Illuminates the flicks of Woody Allen from a few divergent severe perspectives
  • Explores the contexts within which his paintings might be understood
  • Assesses Allen’s outstanding filmmaking occupation from its early beginnings and investigates the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it
  • Discusses Allen’s attractiveness as a world cinematic figure
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Allen, however, partakes of this enthusiasm – not only does the director frequently invoke his love for Hollywood movies during his childhood, film viewing is a constant in his oeuvre – Play It Again, Sam (1972), Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Hollywood Ending are some of the movies featuring the director in the role of a cinephile. Most importantly, Allen’s love of film is evident in the abundance of intertextual references that mark his personal style. ” Allen’s topical comments on politics, lifestyle, aesthetic fashions, and American debates about film destabilize the notion of the auteur as producer of timeless works that transcend their eras.

However, Feeney’s question actually perfectly articulates the complicated figure Woody Allen embodies. As a star persona, Woody Allen presents a conundrum. By any definition of “star,” Woody Allen should fit the bill. Yet you will probably not find Woody Allen included in a star studies text, and you will not hear his name come up often in conversations about stars. Certainly, his career as a filmmaker generally draws more attention than his star persona; however, this explanation does not seem sufficient considering the magnitude of Allen’s celebrity identity.

Oxford: Blackwell, 1–6. 2, 179–193. Taylor, Greg (1999) Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Wollen, Peter (1972) Signs and Meaning in the Cinema, 3rd edn. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. Yacowar, Maurice (1979) Loser Take All: The Comic Art of Woody Allen. New York: Frederick Ungar. 2 Which Woody Allen? Colleen Glenn My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. (Woody Allen, qtd. X. ”1 He employs the question to explain that Allen has held several occupations in addition to filmmaking, including author of humorous pieces in The New Yorker, playwright, stand-up comedian, and clarinetist.

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