Woody Allen on Woody Allen (Directors on Directors Series)

Woody Allen on Woody Allen (Directors on Directors Series)

by Woody Allen
     
 

A unique self-portrait of this uncompromising filmmaker that offers a revealing account of his life & work. In a series of rare, in-depth interviews, Allen brings us onto the sets & behind the scenes of his films. In discussing his accomplishments as a filmmaker, actor, writer, & musician, Allen shares his inspirations, anxieties, & frustrations, both personal &…  See more details below

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A unique self-portrait of this uncompromising filmmaker that offers a revealing account of his life & work. In a series of rare, in-depth interviews, Allen brings us onto the sets & behind the scenes of his films. In discussing his accomplishments as a filmmaker, actor, writer, & musician, Allen shares his inspirations, anxieties, & frustrations, both personal & professional. The conversations reveal the broad influences on his eclectic vision. They are punctuated with his memories & opinions: afternoon movie-watching in Brooklyn; anecdotes about the film industry; discussions of favorite films; most inspirational actresses, etc.

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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.)
Gordon Flagg
Swedish filmmaker Bjorkman compiled this volume from several weeks of interviews, conducted over a six-month period, in which he led Allen through a film-by-film discussion of his quarter century as director, actor, and writer. Allen's thoughtful examination of his career should come as no surprise, since his neurotic, nebbishy film persona has long since been supplanted by that of the serious, reflective artist. Although the tone is rather too conversational (Bjorkman seems to have enjoyed his time with Allen too much to ask many critical, probing questions) and questions of proportion arise (less than 4 pages devoted to "Hannah and Her Sisters" but 15 to the turgid "September"), the conversation is rich in anecdotes, trivia (Allen's first choice for the Marshall McLuhan cameo in "Annie Hall" was Fellini), and insight into Allen's surprisingly loose approach to filmmaking. Despite recent personal and professional downturns, Allen retains a loyal cadre of fans eager to read what he has to say in this worthwhile supplement to the various Allen biographies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802115560
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/08/1994
Series:
Directors on Directors Series
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
288

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