Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed: Anguish, God, and Existentialism / Edition 1

Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed: Anguish, God, and Existentialism / Edition 1

by Sander H. Lee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786413190

ISBN-13: 9780786413195

Pub. Date: 02/15/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This new textbook is an abridgment of the author's earlier Woody Allen's Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films (McFarland, 1997; "invaluable"—Choice.)

Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of his characters to ground their lives in traditional ethical values despite their realization that such values may no longer be

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Overview

This new textbook is an abridgment of the author's earlier Woody Allen's Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films (McFarland, 1997; "invaluable"—Choice.)

Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of his characters to ground their lives in traditional ethical values despite their realization that such values may no longer be certain; the opposition between pessimism and optimism throughout his films; gender issues relating to romantic love, sexual desire and the ongoing changes in our cultural expectations of both men and women; the idea that contemporary American society is rapidly descending into barbarism precisely because of societal failure to maintain a sense of individual moral responsibility; and a critique of psychoanalysis as a method for understanding human behavior.

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413195
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2002
Edition description:
Revised and Abridged
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition1
Introduction: Why Study Woody Allen?7
1"A Thin Story to Hang the Comedy Sequences On": The Early Comedies17
2A Therapeutic Autobiography: Annie Hall (1977)35
3Themes of Redemption: Manhattan (1979)56
4Betrayal and Despair: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)79
5"We All Had a Terrific Time": Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)93
6"Just Allow Yourself to Feel": Another Woman (1988)118
7Tradition: New York Stories, "Oedipus Wrecks" (1989)133
8"If Necessary, I Will Always Choose God Over Truth!": Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)139
9Love's Labor's Lost: Husbands and Wives (1992)164
10"Don't Speak!": Bullets Over Broadway (1994)188
11"When You're Smiling": Mighty Aphrodite (1995)198
12Distorted Lives: Deconstructing Harry (1997)204
13Conclusion: The Dialectic of Hope and Despair212
AppQuestions and Answers with Woody Allen221
Bibliography225
Index229

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