Start to Finish

Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking

Author: Eric Lax

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0385352506

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 9676

In this fascinating insight into the artistic process, longtime Woody Allen biographer Eric Lax follows the legendary director through the making of a movie—from start to finish. Charting the production of Allen’s forty-sixth directorial feature, Irrational Man—starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone—from inception to premier, Lax takes us onto the set and behind the scenes, revealing the intimate details of Allen’s filmmaking. We see the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, and the actors, cinematographers, editors, and other participants at work. We hear Allen’s colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his career. An unprecedented insight into one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the magic of the movies.

Woody Allen

A Biography

Author: Eric Lax

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780679738473

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 395

View: 7992

Chronicles Allen's rise to stardom as a comedian and director, employing extensive interviews with Allen himself to discuss his thoughts on growing up in New York, his personal relationships, and his art

Mere Anarchy

Author: Woody Allen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588366200

Category: Humor

Page: 176

View: 6848

“I am greatly relieved that the universe is finally explainable. I was beginning to think it was me.”–Woody Allen Here, in his first collection since his three hilarious classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Woody Allen has managed to write a book that not only answers the most profound questions of human existence but is the perfect size to place under any short table leg to prevent wobbling. “I awoke Friday, and because the universe is expanding it took me longer than usual to find my robe,” he explains in a piece on physics called “Strung Out.” In other flights of inspirational sanity we are introduced to a cast of characters only Allen could imagine: Jasper Nutmeat, Flanders Mealworm, and the independent film mogul E. Coli Biggs, just to name a few. Whether he is writing about art, sex, food, or crime (“Pugh has been a policeman as far back as he can remember. His father was a notorious bank robber, and the only way Pugh could get to spend time with him was to apprehend him”) he is explosively funny. In “This Nib for Hire,” a Hollywood bigwig comes across an author’s book in a little country store and describes it in a way that aptly captures this magnificent volume: “Actually,” the producer says, “I’d never seen a book remaindered in the kindling section before.” From the Hardcover edition.

Woody Allen on Woody Allen

In Conversation with Stig Björkman

Author: Woody Allen,Stig Björkman

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802142030

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 405

View: 8023

The filmmaker shares his inspirations, anxieties, and frustrations in an updated self-portrait that goes behind the scenes of his films, glimpses his Brooklyn childhood, and considers his opinions on a range of topics from jazz to New York City. Original.

Faith, Interrupted

Author: Eric Lax

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307593150

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 4331

Faith, Interrupted is a profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faith—having it, losing it, hoping for its return. The son of an Episcopal priest, Eric Lax develops in his youth a deep religious attachment and an acute moral compass—one that he is willing to go to prison for when it leads him to resist military service in Vietnam. His faith abides until, in his mid-thirties, he begins to question the unquestionable: the role of God in his life. In response, Lax engages with the father who inspired him and with his best friend, a Vietnam War hero turned priest. Their ongoing and illuminating dialogues, full of wisdom and insight, reveal much about three men who approach God, duty, and war in vastly different ways. Lax provides an unusual and refreshing perspective, examining religious conviction sympathetically from both sides as one who has lost his faith but still respects it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion

Author: Jason Bailey

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760346232

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 8588

A complete look at the extensive, ageless, unparalleled filmography of Woody Allen. Writer, actor, director, comedian, author, and musician, His films - he has over 45 writing and directing credits to his name - range from slapstick to tragedy, farce to f

Paul on Mazursky

Author: Sam Wasson

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 081957144X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 348

View: 8305

Paul Mazursky’s nearly twenty films as writer/director represent Hollywood’s most sustained comic expression of the 1970s and 1980s. But they have not been given their due, perhaps because Mazursky’s films—both sincere and ridiculous, realistic and romantic—are pure emotion. This makes films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman, and Enemies, A Love Story difficult to classify, but that’s what makes a human comedy human. In the first ever book-length examination of one of America’s most important and least appreciated filmmakers, Sam Wasson sits down with Mazursky himself to talk about his movies and how he makes them. Going over Mazursky’s oeuvre one film at a time, interviewer and interviewee delve into the director’s life in and out of Hollywood, laughing, talking, and above all else, feeling—like Mazursky’s people always do. The book includes a filmography and never-before-seen photos.


The Biography

Author: David Evanier

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250047269

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 9954

Woody Allen is not only one of the great movie directors but one of the foremost creative artists of our time. In over forty-five movies, from Annie Hall to Midnight in Paris, and through a career that's included stand-up, play-writing, screenwriting, directing, and acting, Woody has evolved more than reinvented himself. In the first biography of Allen in over twenty years, David Evanier writes about Allen's private life as well as his very public career. He untangles fact from rumor about Allen's relationship with Mia Farrow as well as the great scandals that surfaced in the 1990s and recently resurfaced, and makes thoughtful connections between Allen's romantic relationships and the characters in his movies.In fresh interviews with collaborators, boyhood pals, family and friends, Evanier fills in fascinating details about where Woody came from, how he got his start, and how he has been able to be moral in his business dealings and make exactly the movies that interest him most with the people who interest him most, from Diane Keaton to Cate Blanchett to Michael Caine. Even the closest Allen-watcher will be riveted by Evanier's rich portrait: detailed but sweeping, Woody is the biography of an artist who has never lost his passion, talent and capacity to break new artistic ground, who has always been swept up in the creative act of becoming.

Wayne and Ford

The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero

Author: Nancy Schoenberger

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385534868

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 7660

John Ford and John Wayne, two titans of classic film, made some of the most enduring movies of all time. The genre they defined—the Western—and the heroic archetype they built still matter today. For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both his craftsmanship and his brutality. John “Duke” Wayne was a mere stagehand and bit player in “B” Westerns, but he was strapping and handsome, and Ford saw his potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in Stagecoach, and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But by 1960 the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne’s subsequent films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western, but viewed together the careers of these two men changed moviemaking in ways that endure to this day. Despite the decline of the Western in contemporary cinema, its cultural legacy, particularly the type of hero codified by Ford and Wayne—tough, self-reliant, and unafraid to fight but also honorable, trustworthy, and kind—resonates in everything from Star Wars to today’s superhero franchises. Drawing on previously untapped caches of letters and personal documents, Nancy Schoenberger dramatically narrates a complicated, poignant, and iconic friendship and the lasting legacy of that friendship on American culture.

Roman Polanski: A Retrospective

Author: James Greenberg

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781419707216

Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 6404

A tribute to the prolific director offers commentary on all nineteen of his feature films and features hundreds of still photographs and behind-the-scenes images.

Woody Allen

A Retrospective

Author: Tom Shone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786750013

Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Page: 287

View: 1476


Woody Allen Film by Film

Author: Jason Solomons

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781787390515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 8430

The quintessential guide to Woody Allen's lifetime of work, Woody Allen: Film by Film examines each of Allen's movies, from when he vented his first neuroses in 1965 with What's New Pussycat, by way of Oscar winner Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sister, all the way to his latest works of Wonder Wheel and Cafe Society. Woody Allen has enjoyed a career unlike any other writer or director in Hollywood. The impact of his comedy and his psychoanalysis of the modern world have been hugely influential and had a profound effect on popular culture ever since. Filled with key images of his films, as well as lots of behindthe- scenes content. As Woody said about himself: "The two biggest myths about me are that I'm an intellectual, because I wear these glasses, and that I'm an artist because my films lose money." As self-critical as ever - and with a hotly tipped Oscar material new film scheduled for the end of 2017 - Woody Allen remains a force to be reckoned with.

The Woody Allen Book of Lists

Author: Chris Strodder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781595800978


Page: 408

View: 2412

Celebrating the prolific career of film and comedy legend Woody Allen, The Woody Allen Book of Lists offers an entirely new way for his passionate fans to explore the filmmaker, writer, actor, comedian, and musician who has been a creative force for more than six decades. Author Chris Strodder delves deep into Woody's work, discovering fascinating facts and trivia about his films, books, plays, stand-up comedy routines, television appearances, and musical performances to create over 200 unique lists, including: -Woody's 10 Steps to Oscar-Winning Success -Origins of 22 Movie Titles -Woody's 14 Favorite Artists -11 Toupees in Woody's Writings -10 Innovations in Annie Hall -21 Zelig-Related Products in Zelig -Who's Not Who: 10 Movies with Errors in the Credits -Woody Rates His Own Movies -Poetry in Woody's Movies -Important Lines Repeated in the Same Movie -30 Soon-to-Be-Famous Actors and Actresses with Small Roles in Woody's Movies -Woody's Alternate Lives -14 Stand-Up Jokes Recycled Into Other Projects -Does God Exist? 8 Answers from Woody's Writings Illustrated with movie posters, lobby cards, LPs, and photos from Woody's films, The Woody Allen Book of Lists is a fun and fascinating compendium of the comedy, quirks, neuroses, career, and life of the great Woody Allen.

Movies That Mattered

More Reviews from a Transformative Decade

Author: Dave Kehr

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022649568X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 832

Why is Dave Kehr "one of the best writers on film the country has produced"? Jonathan Rosenbaum, his highly regarded successor as movie critic at the "Chicago Reader" from 1987 through 2008, has a good answer in his Foreword to this volume: "For the range of films and filmmakers treated, the analytical tools employed, and the intellectual confidence and lucidity of his arguments, Kehr's prose really has no parallels." In this "sequel" to "When Movies Mattered" (published in 2011), Kehr deploys those gifts in 50 brilliant pieces, ranging from a thoughtful discussion of the sobering Holocaust documentary "Shoah" to an irresistible celebration of the raucous American comedy "Used Cars." Although that first book featured pieces only from the "Reader," this volume also contains essays from "Chicago" magazine, where Kehr's column on movies appeared from August 1979 through September 1986 (his work in the "Reader" appeared from late 1974 through late summer in 1986). As with "When Movies Mattered," most of this material (and all of it from "Chicago" magazine) has not been reprinted or available online since its original publication. Readers will now have the opportunity to know more of what Rosenbaum calls "a body of work that . . . strikes me as being the most remarkable extended stretch of auteurist [director centered] criticism in American journalism." Although Kehr ended his career as a critic toward the end of 2013 when he stopped writing his weekly DVD column for the "New York Times" to become an adjunct curator in the film department of the Museum of Modern Art, his reputation will be further enhanced by this second collection of his outstanding work--definitely must reading for cinephiles.

Roger Ebert's Book of Film

Author: Roger Ebert

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393040005

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 793

View: 6571

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic assembles and introduces more than one hundred essays and articles about film, with entries by and about movie stars, famous directors, industry executives, and critics. Tour.

When The Shooting Stops ... The Cutting Begins

A Film Editor's Story

Author: Ralph Rosenblum,Robert Karen

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780786747382

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

View: 8111

The story of one of the most important and least-understood jobs in moviemaking—film editing—is here told by one of the wizards, Ralph Rosenblum, whose credentials include six Woody Allen films, as well as The Pawnbroker, The Producers, and Goodbye, Columbus. Rosenblum and journalist Robert Karen have written both a history of the profession and a personal account, a highly entertaining, instructive, and revelatory book that will make any reader a more aware movie-viewer.

The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat

The Story of the Penicillin Miracle

Author: Eric Lax

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627796444

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 9412

The untold story of the discovery of the first wonder drug, the men who led the way, and how it changed the modern world The discovery of penicillin in 1928 ushered in a new age in medicine. But it took a team of Oxford scientists headed by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain four more years to develop it as the first antibiotic, and the most important family of drugs in the twentieth century. At once the world was transformed-major bacterial scourges such as blood poisoning and pneumonia, scarlet fever and diphtheria, gonorrhea and syphilis were defeated as penicillin helped to foster not only a medical revolution but a sexual one as well. In his wonderfully engaging book, acclaimed author Eric Lax tells the real story behind the discovery and why it took so long to develop the drug. He reveals the reasons why credit for penicillin was misplaced, and why this astonishing achievement garnered a Nobel Prize but no financial rewards for Alexander Fleming, Florey, and his team. The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat is the compelling story of the passage of medicine from one era to the next and of the eccentric individuals whose participation in this extraordinary accomplishment has, until now, remained largely unknown.

Making Movies

Author: Sidney Lumet

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307763668

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 2247

Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout—involving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxis—in the heart of New York’s diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a master’s take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote. For in this book, Sidney Lumet, one of our most consistently acclaimed directors, gives us both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on forty years of experience on movies that range from Long Day’s Journey into Night to Network and The Verdict—and with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino—Lumet explains how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic.

Production Design for Screen

Visual Storytelling in Film and Television

Author: Jane Barnwell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472580672

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 450

The collaborative nature of film-making can make it difficult to identify the contribution of the designer to the cinematic image. The design concept is key to the creation of a coherent visual look; the designer's task is to employ visual metaphors to communicate that concept in rich and varied ways. Packed with full-color film stills, exclusive pre-production artwork and behind-the-scenes production images, this book reveals how the designer is crucial in the creation of place, character and narrative through the use of distinct design elements. Packed with examples from real-world projects, this book provides practical guidance on the complete design process, from breaking down the script and developing ideas through research, to creating drawings, model-making, constructing sets and choosing locations. Five key design elements are explored in detail, namely light, colour, space, character positioning and set dressing, providing readers with a rich source of inspiration and the tools needed to take a project from script to a set ready to shoot on. The book includes seven case studies, developed from exclusive interviews with world-renowned designers, revealing the concepts behind some of the most engaging imagery on screen and the strands of visual metaphor that conveyed them. Taking into account a range of production budgets, Production Design for Film and TV provides filmmakers with an inspiring, yet practical look at the process of designing for screen.


What It Is, What You Need to Know

Author: Robert Peter Gale,Eric Lax

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307959694

Category: Science

Page: 270

View: 6101

A forefront radiation expert who consulted during the Chernobyl and Fukushima crises and the author of The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat identify the radioactive fundamentals of the planet while correcting myths to reveal the role of radiation in everyday life and what should and should not raise concern.