Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation with Stig Björkman

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Grove Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 405 pages
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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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User Review  - Roderick Brunt - Goodreads

A fast and mostly enjoyable read for anyone who likes the subject involved. No far reaching perceptions or third party misinterpretations. The capable writer/filmmaker who honed his skills over the years to an exceptionally sharp edge, remarks on his life and work. Excellent! Read full review

Review: Woody Allen on Woody Allen (Directors on Directors)

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For the die-hard fans only. Touches on personal details and is blunt about the circumstences surrounding his "September" re-shoot. But not a lot revealed, just some insight into a great artistic mind ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings i
1
Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in Whats New Pussycat?
11
Woody Allen and friend in Casino Royale
14
Take the Money and Run
16
Woody Allen as a bankrobber in Take the Money and Run
17
Gordon Willis at work on Stardust Memories
21
Woody Allen and Carlo Di Palma at work on Radio Days
23
Bob Hope in Monsieur Beaucaire
27
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Manhattan 1145
115
Isaac Woody Allen records the things that make life worth living
119
Stardust Memories
121
Woody Allen in Stardust Memories
125
Charlotte Rampling in Stardust Memories
129
A Midsummer Nights Sex ComedyZelig
131
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in A Midsummer Nights Sex Comedy
134
Broadway Danny Rose
143

Woody Allen playing clarinet with Herb Hall
38
Bananas
39
Sylvester Stallone and Woody Allen in Bananas
40
Play It Again Sam
48
Woody Allen in Play It Again Sam
49
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Play It Again Sam
53
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
57
Woody Allen and Lynn Redgrave in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
60
Gene Wilder in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
63
Sleeper
67
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Sleeper
69
Love and Death
70
Woody Allen in Love and Death
73
Annie Hall
75
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Annie Hall
84
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen with their analysts in Annie Hall
89
Interiors
94
Diane Keaton Kristin Griffith and Mary Beth Hurt in Interiors
102
Maureen Stapleton and E G Marshall in Interiors
104
Manhattan
107
Mariel Hemingway and Woody Allen in Manhattan
109
Meryl Streep and Woody Allen in Manhattan m
111
Sandy Baron Will Jordan and Jack Rollins in Broadway Danny
144
The Purple Rose of Cairo
148
Hannah and Her Sisters
153
Radio Days
158
Robert Joy and Dianne Wiest
165
September
170
Another Woman
188
Woody Allen and Sven Nykvist working on Crimes
189
New York Stories
201
Crimes and Misdemeanours
208
A movie plot? Judah Martin Landau recounts his perfect
221
Azce
227
Shadows and Fog
234
Husbands and Wives
244
Manhattan Murder Mystery
255
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Manhattan Murder Mystery
258
Interlude
269
Bullets Over Broadway Mighty Aphrodite and TV and theatre work
275
Filmography
370
Chronology
389
Index
397
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About the author (2005)

Allen's favorite personality-the bemused neurotic, the perpetual worrywart, the born loser-dominates his plays, his movies, and his essays. A native New Yorker, Allen attended local schools and despised them, turning early to essay writing as a way to cope with his Since his apprenticeship, writing gags for comedians such as Sid Caesar and Garry Moore, the image he projects-of a "nebbish from Brooklyn"-has developed into a personal metaphor of life as a concentration camp from which no one escapes alive. Allen wants to be funny, but isn't afraid to be serious either-even at the same time. His film Annie Hall, co-written with Marshall Brickman and winner of four Academy Awards, was a subtle, dramatic development of the contemporary fears and insecurities of American life. In her review of Love and Death, Judith Christ wrote that Allen was more interested in the character rather than the cartoon, the situation rather than the set-up, and the underlying madness rather than the surface craziness. Later Allen films, such as Crimes and Misdemeanors or Husbands and Wives, take on a far more somber and philosophic tone, which has delighted some critics and appalled others. In Allen's essays and fiction reprinted from the New Yorker, Getting Even New Yorker, (1971), Without Feathers (1975), and Side Effects (1980), the situations and characters don't just speak to us, they are us.

Stig Bjorkman is the editor of "Bergman on Bergman" and "Woody Allen on Woody Allen," and has directed the documentaries "Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier" and "I Am Curious, Film,"

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