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Four Films: Annie Hall, Interiors, Manhattan, Stardust Memories Paperback – September 12, 1982


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (September 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394712293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394712291
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woody Allen's greatness as a director rests squarely on his stupendous talent as a writer. In the glory years from 1977 to 1980 he released his best--and best written--movies. Included in this volume are the scripts of Annie Hall, Allen's first mature film and the winner of the Best Picture Oscar; Interiors, his first serious work, a Bergmanesque treatment of a tortured family; Manhattan, his greatest and most characteristic movie, which concerns a writer's attempt to find true love in the comic wilderness of New York City; and Stardust Memories, his most satiric and personal piece, about the effects of fame on a film director who is standing at a crossroads in his life.

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Complete screenplays of four of Woody Allen's most famous films. Hilariously funny, with all actions included.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Garry Messick on April 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're a cineaste, it can be quite enlightening and entertaining to read the original shooting script that a favorite film was based on. In addition to the screenwriter's comments and directions, you usually get several scenes that were cut from the finished movie as well as occasional odd little changes in dialogue sprinkled throughout and an overall peek at some aspects of the creative process that a film goes through from inception to completion. Unfortunately, that's not the case with this book, since the four "screenplays" included are merely transcriptions from the finished films. VCRs were generally available when this book was first published in '82, so even back then this book was a pointless rip-off. Watch the films, skip the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book contains "screenplays" of Woody Allen's most famous films including Manhattan and Annie Hall. It doesn't say screenplays on the cover, but that's what I figured it would be. Instead, what I got was a book that's not even script formatted. The publisher also adds his notes whenever he pleases to explain what's going on 'from the film' to the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
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I treasure this book. If the apartment were on fire and I could only rescue one trade paperback, FOUR FILMS OF WOODY ALLEN would be it. Here we find two of Woody Allen's very best screenplays, ANNIE HALL and MANHATTAN (for both of which, Allen had a co-writer, Marshall Brickman), followed by one pretty good one (the quasi-autobiographical STARDUST MEMORIES), and one disappointment which I won't even condescend to label a "brilliant failure": INTERIORS.

While any Woody Allen screenplay or movie contains satire and a moral message, it's far more fun to read the screenplays for MANHATTAN and ANNIE HALL than the average screenplay, if for no other reason the proportion of killer jokes is so high. STARDUST MEMORIES is kind of comedy, a black comedy, and like Fellini's 8-1/2 a film about a successful filmmaker who can't create another successful film. Even so, a useful and worthy movie if only to learn some of Allen's own history and artistic frustrations.

The next film out after the preceding trio was INTERIORS. Oh, golly. One critic whose name I don't remember remarked that only a born humorist like Allen could write a screenplay so utterly devoid of humor. Sad but true! When I saw INTERIORS in theaters (twice), some of the audience laughed at one character's remark that he only took up with his ditsy girlfriend because she was so good-looking. That isn't funny; it was a protestation of despair. Well-crafted screenplay on a structural level but definitely many people's candidate for feel-bad movie of the year. You want funny? In MANHATTAN, Ike (Allen) remarks to Jill (Meryl Streep) that he ignored his shrink's warning about her lesbianism: "You're so beautiful I got another therapist." Now, that's funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck on October 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Its hard to imagine now that there was a time when you couldn't just go out and buy a film. So a book like this that contains the complete screenplays for four Woody Allen films seems a little bit redundant. But in fact its a great volume.

Annie Hall and Manhattan are two of Woody Allens greatest films. They are funny, and full of great one-liners, but there is also a serious undertone to them. So having the chance to flick from one great scene to another on the page is actually very satisfying. As well as the dialog a description of the action is provided by the Publisher.

The dialog is 100% accurate so every pause and mumble by the cast is captured on the page. In Annie Hall for example (Annie talking about photograhy):

"Well, well, I...to me - I... I mean, it's-it's-it's all instinctive, you know. I mean, I just try to uh, feel, you know? I try to get a sense of it and not think about it to much."

Interiors is a Bergman inspired film, which to date I have not seen, but I am hoping that this volume will encourage me to see it now. Stardust Memories is Allen's take on celebrity and is well worth reading.

So if you are a fan of Woody Allen you will enjoy this volume, even if you already own the films (as I do now).
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