Woody Allen's Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films

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McFarland, 1997 - Performing Arts - 402 pages
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While Woody Allen is generally considered to be a master of the comic genre he created, his serious films are very important in understanding his role as one of this generation's more influential filmmakers. In this work such Allen films as Annie Hall (1977), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995) are analyzed for the common philosophical themes they share. Gender issues, Allen's love-hate relationship with God, narcissism and moral relativism, and the use of the so-called existential dilemma are among the topics discussed. The extensive research is augmented with a rare interview with Allen.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Annie Hall 1977
49
Manhattan 1979
86
Stardust Memories
112
A Midsummer Nights
130
Zelig 1983
143
Broadway Danny Rose 1984
161
The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985
173
Another Woman 1988
235
New York Stories Oedipus Wrecks 1989
249
Alice 1990
290
Husbands and Wives 1992
309
Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993
336
Mighty Aphrodite 1995
357
Questions and Answers with Woody Allen
373
Bibliography
389

Hannah and Her Sisters
187
Radio Days 1987
214

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