A Companion to Woody Allen. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors

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  • 600 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Edited by the authors of two of the most important books on Allen to date, A Companion to Woody Allen presents a collection of twenty–six original essays on Allen s films. Addressing mainly the movies produced after Husbands and Wives (1992) and the tabloid scandals, contributions illuminate the films of Allen from a number of divergent critical perspectives, while seeking to expand the contexts in which his work is understood.

The essays are divided into five categories which cover Biography/Autobiography/Auteurism; Movies about the Movies; Allen and His Sisters: Cultural Critiques; Influences/Intertextualities; and Philosophy/Religion. Within these categories, essays discuss the relationship between Allen the filmmaker and his screen persona, films Allen has made about filmmakers and filmmaking, the depiction of female subjectivity in his more recent films, his influences, and the comical aspect of Allen s films. Critical approaches range from the formalistic to the highly postmodern, and this lively, wide–ranging volume assesses his remarkable filmmaking career by exploring its evolution and development and acknowledging the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it.

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Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction 1Peter J. Bailey

Part I Biography/Autobiography/Auteurism 13

1 The Stand–up Auteur 15Cecilia Sayad

2 Which Woody Allen? 35Colleen Glenn

3 Woody Allen and France 53Gilles Menegaldo

4 Raging in the Dark : Late Style in Woody Allen s Films 73Christopher J. Knight

5 A Difficult Redemption: Facing the Other in Woody Allen s Exilic Period 95John Douglas Macready

6 Comic Faith and Its Discontents: Death and the Late Woody 116Robert M. Polhemus

Part II Movies about the Movies 145

7 Critical Theory and the Cinematic World of Woody Allen 147Stephen Papson

8 Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reflections on Refl exivity 170Gregg Bachman

9 Play it Again, Woody: Self–Reflexive Critique in Contemporary Woody Allen Films 188Claire Sisco King

10 Jazz Heaven: Woody Allen and the Hollywood Ending 207Christopher Ames

Part III Allen and His Sisters: Cultural Critiques 227

11 Here . . . It s Not Their Cup of Tea : Woody Allen s Melodramatic Tendencies in Interiors, September, Another Woman, and Alice 229Cynthia Lucia

12 It s Complicated, Really : Women in the Films of Woody Allen 257Joanna E. Rapf

13 Woody Allen s Grand Scheme: The Whitening of Manhattan, London, and Barcelona 277Renée R. Curry

14 Love and Citation in Midnight in Paris: Remembering Modernism, Remembering Woody 294Katherine Fusco

Part IV Influences/Intertextualities 319

15 Taking the Tortoise for a Walk: Woody Allen as Flâneur 321William Brigham

16 Lurking in Shadows: Kleinman s Trial and Defense 339Iris Bruce

17 Woody Allen and the Literary Canon 359William Hutchings

18 Who s He When He s at Home? : A Census of Woody Allen s Literary, Philosophical, and Artistic Allusions 381J. Andrew Gothard

19 The Schlemiel in Woody Allen s Later Films 403Menachem Feuer

20 Barcelona: City of Refuge 424Brian Bergen–Aurand

Part V Philosophy/Religion 441

21 Woody Allen and the (False) Dichotomy of Science and Religion 443Mark T. Conard

22 The Philosopher as Filmmaker 460David Detmer

23 Disappearing Act: The Trick Philosophy of Woody Allen 481Patrick Murray and Jeanne A. Schuler

24 Love, Meaning, and God in the Later Films of Woody Allen 504Sander Lee

25 Hollywood Rabbi: The Never–Ending Questions of Woody Allen 520Monica Osborne

26 Allen s Random Universe in His European Cycle: Morality, Marriage, Magic 539Richard A. Blake

27 Afterword: The Abyss: Woody Allen on Love, Death, and God 559Sam B. Girgus

Index 573

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I recommend this book for academic libraries that support upper–level film studies, media and literature programmes.   (Reference Reviews, 1 October 2014)

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper–level undergraduates and above.   (Choice, 1 October 2013)

"A Companion to Woody Allen is a challenging and enjoyable read, with much of interest to both academic and nonacademic audiences." (Review of Contemporary Philosophy, 16, 2017)

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