By Peter J. Bailey, Sam B. Girgus

Edited via well known Allen specialists, A significant other to Woody Allen provides a suite of 26 unique essays at the director’s movies. Contributions provide a couple of divergent severe views whereas increasing the contexts within which his paintings is understood.

  • A well timed better half via the authors of 2 of crucial books on Allen to date
  • Illuminates the movies of Woody Allen from a few divergent severe perspectives
  • Explores the contexts during which his paintings could be understood
  • Assesses Allen’s amazing filmmaking occupation from its early beginnings and investigates the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it
  • Discusses Allen’s popularity as a world cinematic figure
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Adding to Feeney’s list, we could add Allan Stewart Konigsberg (the “real” Allen), Woody Allen the screenwriter, Woody Allen the actor, Woody Allen the screen character, Woody Allen the slapstick comedian, Woody Allen the serious artist, Woody Allen the working class Jew from Brooklyn, Woody Allen the upper East Side intellectual snob, Woody Allen the schlemiel, Woody Allen the schmuck, Woody Allen the nihilist, Woody Allen the hopeless romantic, Woody Allen the comic strip character, Woody Allen the jazz musician, and Woody Allen the Knicks fan, aka the regular Joe.

The idea of a topical auteur, a commentator on current affairs, challenges the romantic conception of film authorship and, by extension, the validity of relegating artistry to the exclusive domain of auteur cinema. Acknowledgments I would like to thank Peter Stanfield, Peter J. Bailey, and Sam Girgus for their comments on this chapter, and Heather Green for her treatment of the images. The Stand-up Auteur 33 Notes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Godard’s idea was later echoed in Peter Wollen’s contention, in Signs and Meanings in the Cinema, that “Hitchcock is at least as important an artist as, say, Scott Fitzgerald” (qtd.

Allen possesses few of the traits common to most movie stars. He is not handsome nor sexy nor athletic, and he lacks what is known in Hollywood as the “it” factor: he does not pop from the screen like movie stars do, dominating the mise-en-scène and becoming the focal point of the audience’s attention. (In fact, Allen looks best when playing opposite a dominant actor, providing a kind of comical imbalance to the shot. ) Of course, Allen’s appeal can be attributed to his status as a comedian, as can his ability to compensate for his lack of traditional Hollywood star qualities.

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