For 30 years, no American filmmaker has been as prolific - or as paradoxical - as Woody Allen. From ""Play it Again Sam"" (1972), to ""Sweet and Lowdown"" (1999), Allen has produced an average of one film a year. Yet with each new film, he reveals a progressively more sceptical attitude towards art. Merging criticism with biography, this work uses Allen's ambivalent views of the artistic enterprise as the key to understanding his entire career. The author demonstrates how Allen's films constitute a debate he is conducting with himself about the capacities of art to improve the quality of life and about the resulting price exacted upon artists and those around them. An underlying tension between reality and image is identified, demonstrating how the resolution of this conflict in each movie is revisited, critiqued, and reconfigured in the next.

The reluctant film art of Woody Allen - Peter J. Bailey

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Title
The reluctant film art of Woody Allen
Author
Peter J. Bailey
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
The University Press of Kentucky
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20030419

For 30 years, no American filmmaker has been as prolific - or as paradoxical - as Woody Allen. From ""Play it Again Sam"" (1972), to ""Sweet and Lowdown"" (1999), Allen has produced an average of one film a year. Yet with each new film, he reveals a progressively more sceptical attitude towards art. Merging criticism with biography, this work uses Allen's ambivalent views of the artistic enterprise as the key to understanding his entire career. The author demonstrates how Allen's films constitute a debate he is conducting with himself about the capacities of art to improve the quality of life and about the resulting price exacted upon artists and those around them. An underlying tension between reality and image is identified, demonstrating how the resolution of this conflict in each movie is revisited, critiqued, and reconfigured in the next.

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Peter J. Bailey, professor of English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, is the author of Reading Stanley Elkin.

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
Kentucky
Number of Pages
336

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