Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Performing Arts - 235 pages
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After setting out a few general guidelines for discussing theological issues in manifestly secular art forms, this study examines several Woody Allen films in turn, from the earlier comedies like Bananas and Sleeper to the later, more complex works like Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Throughout his career, a clear line of development can be traced in his treatment of women and romance, of life and death, and of his awareness of a moral structure in the universe. Despite Allen's profane treatment of these topics and several others, his work from year to year shows a gradual transformation in his dealing with the sacred dimensions of his characters and their world. He wrestles with his Jewish cultural and religious heritage, but he can never escape it.

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The notion of Woody Allen as a religious and moral philosopher may not strike many as an idea whose time has come. But reading this work on the religious dimension of Allen's films could change your ... Read full review


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Richard A. Blake, S.J. served in turn as associate and executive editor of America, a weekly journal of politics, religion, and the arts, for fourteen years. He currently teaches at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

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