Fans of Woody Allen have long waited to hear him tell us in his own words about his life, his tastes, and his films, but until recently he has been reluctant to give lengthy interviews. This book is the conversation we've been waiting for, a dialogue with Stig Bjorkman in which Allen speaks openly about himself and his art. Bjorkman invites the writer/director to talk at length about his lesser-known movies as well as his famous ones. We also learn about Allen's filmmaking technique, his feelings about his stock company of actors, his influences, and why Stardust Memories and The Purple Rose of Cairo are his two personal favorites. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this collection of interviews with Bjorkman, a Swedish filmmaker, Allen emerges as a disciplined worker, far different from his famed persona as self-pitying and neurotic. The book will delight-and relieve-his fans. Allen discusses his craft and ouevre, with a chapter devoted to each film in chronological order from Take the Money and Run to Manhattan Murder Mystery. He recommends "Socratic" learning rather than film school and reveals that he once did many takes but now, with increased confidence, infrequently reshoots scenes. He defends his portrayals of blacks against criticism from African American groups that he casts them only as menial characters, explains that his temperament determines the length of his films ("Scorsese's body rhythm is longer") and knocks American movie reviewers who "gush tremendously over populist junk films." There's virtually nothing here about his recently turbulent personal life, though Allen comments that, "one must be very lucky" to achieve a deep, lasting relationship. Photos.
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I am a long-time admirer of Woody Allen's films (at least most of them) and have read several books that evaluate his films, his film messages, and his filmmaking craft and have... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DonL2507
Must read book not just for Woody Allen lovers, but for all those who is interested in filmmaking. Easy to understand for foreigners.Published 16 months ago by tamar
I've actually read this book already and I loved it! He talks about his films from his perspective and how he makes some of his decisions. I recommend it.Published 22 months ago by grace fernandez
I've read the first half-dozen chapters of WOODY ALLEN ON WOODY ALLEN and so far find it disappointing. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Annie Van Auken
The book starts with a good interview about Allen's early days and his transition from a young movies' fan, to a skilled writter and director. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by GRIMAX
I am a fan of Woody Allen's films. But perhaps I am a bigger fan of Woody Allen's philosophy of cinema, of work, of life. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by I. M. Idle
I think is a good Book, easy reading... not much about personal life, but very interesting if you remember most of his movies... Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by Mariano German Aita
Judging from the other reviews of Stig Bjorkman's Woody Allen on Woody Allen, my assessment is definitely a minority report. Read morePublished on November 17, 2008 by Kerry Walters
I was going through some old books today and came across this. I remember buying it quite a long time ago -- at the height of my Woody Allen worship. Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by Jose Jones