BOOKS: WOODY ALLEN: A BIOGRAPHY
Allen: A Biography
When it first appeared in 1991, Eric
Lax's splendid biography, written with nineteen years of access to
Woody Allen, was universally hailed as the definitive portrait of a
film genius. He chronicles Allenís next eight films, from Shadows
and Fog to Small Time Crooks, and again offers Woody's candid
opinions of his art and himself.
To research this intimate and insightful biography--a national
bestseller in hardcover--Eric Lax spent four years by the side of
one of our most private and contradictory celebrities. Woody Allen
takes readers behind the scenes of Allen's most famous films and
presents his candid opinions of his work, his influences, and his
This affectionate biography of Woody Allen is the best account of
his life you can buy. Eric Lax, a longtime friend of Allen's, does
not recite Allen's story by chronological rote. Instead, he begins
in the present day and digresses from it to past events. The result
is an anecdotal account that manages to give all the details of
Allen's development as an artist and a man while remaining
consistently entertaining, enlightening, and funny.
From Publishers Weekly
A feast for fans, this biography leans heavily on Woody Allen's own
comments, interwoven verbatim with a shrewd, disarming portrait of
an artist who feels "enormously alienated from other people." Lax (
On Being Funny: Woody Allen and Comedy ) is especially good on
Allen's early years as New York University film school flunk-out,
his transformation from stand-up comic to director, his influences
(Mort Sahl, Camus, Odets, S. J. Perelman, et al.) and the recycling
of his personal life into specific films. Lax is less revealing,
however, when discussing the filmmaker's two marriages and 11-year
relationship with Mia Farrow or the inner forces that drive him.
Devotees will enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpses of movies being
written and shot. Photos. 50,000 first printing; BOMC alternate.
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