Few celebrities are as instantly recognizable as Woody Allen Few are as notoriously shy And perhaps none are as elusive Is Woody Allen a comedian who wants to be taken seriously Or is he a serious artist whose films happen to be funny The very fact that Eric Lax was granted access to Woody for four years in order to research this biography must be counted as a triumph And what Lax has produced is a marvel of intimacy and insight a book that traces Allen s career from his precocious start as a gag writer to his apotheosis as a genuine auteur a book that takes readers behind the scenes of films such as Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Crimes and Misdemeanors a book that overflows with Woody s candid opinions of his work, his personal relationships, and his life.From the Trade Paperback edition....
|Title||:||Woody Allen: A Biography|
|Publisher||:||Knopf 1st edition May 7, 1991|
|Number of Pages||:||385 pages|
|File Size||:||873 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Woody Allen: A Biography Reviews
Great book for Woody fans or just stand up/ comedy writer fans.
the incredible life and work of a genius of cinema. it worths every line and page that biography of mr lax
This book has its "ups and downs". A little too wordy about insignificant things about Woody. I wish it would have talked about "why" he made a certain comedy. I do love his movies but more recently they are becoming blase and kind of stupid!
Seldom, have I read a biography that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed this one. I think Eric Lax's prose skillfully captures the essence of a complicated man. I was grateful for the absence of any reference to Allen's romantic life because it is the artist Allen that continually takes my breath away with his films, even those he later comes to dislike.
A natural stage in my succession of becoming a Woody Allen freak was picking up a biography. Any single one would have suited my needs, because I knew only as much as somebody who had seen ten or so of his movies and was beginning to show some serious interest in this singular personality.
It's a commonplace that many artists have questionable private lives. What Mr Allen does or doesn't do in his private life is of passing interest to me. That he likes younger women doesn't make him much different, maybe unfortunately, from millions of other men (is Rupert Murdoch a classic example or what?) If I want gossip I read a magazine. Mr Allen's work on the other hand interests me very much. This bio by Mr Lax is good for excerpts from Mr Allen's comedy routines and in revealing the movie making experience from the editting point of view, shooting, casting, writing and rewriting. I don't think the prose skill of Mr Lax is especially high but the book's subject matter is interesting enough, and Woody Allen's writing amusing enough, to carry it along.
Very informative, but also wildly partisan - Lax can't say a single negative thing about Woody Allen or his movies without finding a vindicating angle. On the plus side, he clearly had a lot of inside access to Allen.
When I first picked up this book, I knew very little. When I put it down, I had become a lifelong "Woodyphile". It is a great introduction to Allen's life and work. By having exclusive access to Allen, Eric Lax presents a side of Allen that the average person could never know. A must read for anyone, whether they be a friend or foe of Woody Allen