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Woody Allen on Woody Allen Paperback – July 10, 2005
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The focus here is really the body of work and not Allen's personal life. Like sitting with a bottle of wine and talking to two intelligent filmmakers about their craft.
Whether you love or hate Woody Allen's work, there is a great deal to learn on film history from this book.
Stig Björkman knows so much about all aspects of film and therefore delivers an outrageously professional interview. But still, the interviewer stays humble, asking questions showing a profound knowledge of the subject. Since Woody Allen is very good at answering in a direct but well thought about way, it never gets boring and never seems primitive that the book is written simply in direct dialogue.
What I personally appreciate as well is that the talk is purely about film and about Woody Allen as an artist - his private life does not enter unless it is closely related to the discussed subjects. So you get a very relevant view to Woody Allen's career. Because of Stig Björkman's high professionalism, and because of Woody Allen's conversation talent and open mind.
It never gets too intellectual either. In fact, it makes you want to watch the Woody Allen movies you haven't had the opportunity to watch yet.
The only minus is that the book is some years old so that it does not contain discussions on his recent very interesting films.
But as it is an unrejectable document on film history, "Woody Allen On Woody Allen" does belong on any film friends' bookshelf!
If you really want to read an in depth and intelligent conservation about the entire process of filmmaking from inception to completion, check out this book. Woody is very frank, candid and let's you take a glance inside his restless and constantly creative mind.
I loved learning the behind the scenes details of his movies, but now I wish someone would write a book about his personal philosophies of life. I find his religious, socio-political ideas rivoting, provoking, and unique. The book provides a glimpse into the workings of the inner mind of a genius.
My only complaint is that it wasn't longer.
As the other reviews describe, Bjorkman takes Woody through each of films, and asks great questions. Even down to the subtleties of issues like why, since Annie Hall, he has used the same simple white-on-black titles. Other great topics include his use of music in film, and his writing and directing processes.
I always wondered these same type of things. So, for me, an interesting and wonderful read. A must for people who want to know what Woody's like this side of the camera.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The man is a monster, but if you want in/depth analysis of most of his filmography from the man himself then this is the best place to get it.Published 3 months ago by Daniel Salisbury
A great companion reader to Allen's career, right from the source. Read the stories behind your favorites, while also getting a good context for those films that you may still need... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Bear
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 8 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 21 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 on October 24, 2013 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