Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation with Stig Bjorkman

Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation with Stig Bjorkman

by Woody Allen, Stig Bjorkman
     
 

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Over the course of his long directing career, Woody Allen has portrayed contemporary American life with an unmistakable mixture of irony, neurotic obsession, and humor. Woody Allen on Woody Allen is a unique self-portrait of this uncompromising filmmaker that offers a revealing account of his life and work. In a series of rare, in-depth interviews, Allen brings us

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Over the course of his long directing career, Woody Allen has portrayed contemporary American life with an unmistakable mixture of irony, neurotic obsession, and humor. Woody Allen on Woody Allen is a unique self-portrait of this uncompromising filmmaker that offers a revealing account of his life and work. In a series of rare, in-depth interviews, Allen brings us onto the sets and behind the scenes of all his films. Since its original publication, Woody Allen on Woody Allen has been the primary source of Allen's own thoughts on his work, childhood, favorite films, and inspirations. Now updated with one hundred pages of new material that brings us up to his Hollywood Ending, Woody Allen on Woody Allen is a required addition to any cinephile's library.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection of interviews with Bjorkman, a Swedish filmmaker, Allen emerges as a disciplined worker, far different from his famed persona as self-pitying and neurotic. The book will delight-and relieve-his fans. Allen discusses his craft and ouevre, with a chapter devoted to each film in chronological order from Take the Money and Run to Manhattan Murder Mystery. He recommends ``Socratic'' learning rather than film school and reveals that he once did many takes but now, with increased confidence, infrequently reshoots scenes. He defends his portrayals of blacks against criticism from African American groups that he casts them only as menial characters, explains that his temperament determines the length of his films (``Scorsese's body rhythm is longer'') and knocks American movie reviewers who ``gush tremendously over populist junk films.'' There's virtually nothing here about his recently turbulent personal life, though Allen comments that, ``one must be very lucky'' to achieve a deep, lasting relationship. Photos. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802142030
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/09/2005
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
405
Sales rank:
698,964
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.17(d)

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