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The Films of Woody Allen (Cambridge Film Classics) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521009294
ISBN-10: 0521009294
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Book Description

The Films of Woody Allen is the first full-length work to examine the director as a serious filmmaker and artist. Sam Girgus argues that Allen has consistently been on the cutting edge of contemporary critical and cultural consciousness, challenging our notions of authorship, narrative, perspective, character, theme, ideology, gender and sexuality. This revised and updated edition includes two new chapters that examine Allen's work since 1992. Girgus argues that the scandal surrounding Allen's personal life in the early 1990s has altered his image in ways that reposition moral consciousness in his work.

About the Author

Sam B. Girgus is Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and the author of many books.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Film Classics
  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (November 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521009294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521009294
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,708,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I expected an intelligent and interesting interpretation of Allen's major movies, but I got some highbrow gibberish instead. The author starts by talking about Allen's life (a short overview would in my opinion be enough) and then goes on to "interpret" his movies. In the first place, he quotes too much and commentates the statements that other critics have given about Allen's movies (he obviously lacks fresh and original ideas)... To make a long story short, it's an extremely boring book about an extremely funny and amusing subject.
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Sam Girgus sounds like a college professor trying to impress some freshmen students. He has no idea how to make a interesting subject interesting to read about. Don't waste your money on this garbage.
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The other reviewers have pointed out the obvious. This is a book steeped in monstrously convoluted post-modernist analysis. But the simple truth is that it's hard to take any book seriously that starts out with a bald mistake. Girgus says that "Play It Again, Sam" starts out in a New York cinema - when the whole film takes place in San Francisco, with shots of the Golden Gate, an apartment on Telegraph Hill, a cancelled dinner in Sausalito, and a weekend at Point Reyes. Girgus, of course, is from New York . . . sigh.
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By Isabela Sued on September 26, 2011
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It got here very fast (concerning that it came from USA to Brasil) and the book is in a very good state.
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