Love, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life: The Films of Woody Allen

Overview

Woody Allen has carved out a unique place for himself in American movies, becoming our national auteur as well as the most prolific director in the country, and creating a singular world with each film he has released since his first movie in 1969. Foster Hirsch analyzes and celebrates that world in this expert study of the themes, visual style, and acting in each of Allen's films. With the addition of a new introduction and chapter covering the eleven movies Allen has made in the last decade, from Alice to The ...

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Overview

Woody Allen has carved out a unique place for himself in American movies, becoming our national auteur as well as the most prolific director in the country, and creating a singular world with each film he has released since his first movie in 1969. Foster Hirsch analyzes and celebrates that world in this expert study of the themes, visual style, and acting in each of Allen's films. With the addition of a new introduction and chapter covering the eleven movies Allen has made in the last decade, from Alice to The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, this is a vital book for Allen fans and students of film alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Film Quarterly
A highly readable account.
Philadelphia Inquirer
This book on Allen is excellent: thoughtful, well-written and right about the movies.
Kansas City Chronicle
Recommended to anyone who enjoys Allen's work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810176
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Foster Hirsch, the author of fifteen books on film and theater, among them The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir and Kurt Weill on Stage, lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the 2001 Edition
1 The Last Laugh 1
2 The Comedian's Progress: The Sixties 19
3 The Comedian's Progress: The Seventies 55
4 The Same, Only Different 103
5 The Jewish Connection 131
6 The Tricks of the Trade 153
7 Climbing Parnassus: The Do's and Don'ts of Movie Comedy 169
8 The Comedian's Progress: The Eighties 195
9 The Comedian's Progress: The Nineties 231
Selected Bibliography 277
Filmography 281
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    The critique of a jewish unprofessional

    Im afraid to say this book was ahuge dissapointment to me.Judging by the title it sounds as though it will be an in depth review of Allen's work,however,it is just the personal opinions of a man too close to the Jewish-Brooklyn lifestyle to be objective.The analysis he does give is very brief and too focused onWoody Allen the person rather than his films themselves.The only insightful section of the book is,'The Tricks of the Trade' which shows good knowledge of the films on a technical level.

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