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

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Overview

Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of Woody Allen's characters to ground their lives in traditional ethnical values despite realizing such values may no longer be certain; the opposition between his more optimistic and his more pessimistic films; gender issues relating to romantic love, sexual desire and changes in our cultural expectations for both men and women; Allen's contention that American society is descending into barbarism because of its failure to maintain individual moral responsibility; and the use of the techniques of psychoanalysis to understand human behavior.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413195
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Edition description: Revised and Abridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sander H. Lee is a professor of philosophy at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition 1
Introduction: Why Study Woody Allen? 7
1 "A Thin Story to Hang the Comedy Sequences On": The Early Comedies 17
2 A Therapeutic Autobiography: Annie Hall (1977) 35
3 Themes of Redemption: Manhattan (1979) 56
4 Betrayal 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
7 Tradition: New York Stories, "Oedipus Wrecks" (1989) 133
8 "If Necessary, I Will Always Choose God Over Truth!": Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) 139
9 Love'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
12 Distorted Lives: Deconstructing Harry (1997) 204
13 Conclusion: The Dialectic of Hope and Despair 212
App Questions and Answers with Woody Allen 221
Bibliography 225
Index 229
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