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Woody, from Antz to Zelig : a reference guide to Woody Allen's creative work, 1964-1998
Schwartz, Richard Alan, 1951-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xvi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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PN1998.3.A455 S38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Alphabetically arranged, the entries in this encyclopedic study cover Woody Allen's movies, plays, fiction, television shows, and stand-up comedy from 1964 through 1998. Film entries begin with basic production information followed by a literary analysis of the work, which considers how and why Allen develops new narrative forms for conveying his stories. The dominant themes in Allen's work and the literary and cultural traditions he draws upon are discussed. Entries draw connections among Allen's works, outline his relationships with specific cinematographers and actors, point out major influences, and demonstrate how Allen fits into the Western canon of literature, film, and philosophy. Collectively, the entries reveal a serious and substantial artist whose experimentation with narrative form and structure enables him to explore human nature and human relationships in a new, innovative, and insightful manner.

Literature and film scholars and Woody Allen enthusiasts will appreciate the easily accessible information provided in this encyclopedic format. A filmography and bibliography follow the entries and offer suggestions for further research. An index is included and photographs enhance the text.

Author Notes

hwartz /f Richard /i A./b RICHARD A. SCHWARTZ is director of the film studies certificate program at Florida International University in Miami./e He has written extensively on 20th-century fiction, film, and humor.

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Providing elements of both biography and criticism, Schwartz (Florida International Univ.) provides an encyclopedia that covers plays, stories, ballets, essays, movies, coworkers and people important in Allen's life and works (Alda, Bergman, Bogart, Marshall Brickman, Judy Davis, Carlo Di Palma, Farrow, Fellini, Kavner, Keaton, etc.), and topics (Academy Awards, stand-up comedy). The insights on films range from adequately solid (Annie Hall, Oedipus Wrecks) to remarkable (Broadway Danny Rose, Crimes and Misdemeanors). A big bonus--particularly helpful to film students--are the entries on major themes in Woody Allen's works (death, Holocaust, little-man humor, magic, etc.). Schwartz could have added entries on many other themes--what about God, Jewishness, psychoanalysis, New York, food, women?--but many of these are woven into plot summaries. Fortunately, the index is fine. Though not quite so scholarly as the G.K. Hall "A Reference Publication in Film" series (treating Fellini, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Disney, Chaplin, Renoir, et al.) or Jane Sloan's Alfred Hitchcock: A Filmography and Bibliography (1993), this is an excellent reference work that is enjoyable to read--not just randomly but from beginning to end, with only half a dozen lapses into gossip and repetition. All general, academic, and technical film collections. ; University of Hartford

Table of Contents

The Reference Guide