Woody Allen

Woody Allen

A Biography

Book - 1999
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He was born Allan Konigsberg in the Bronx, but his personal destiny and some of filmdom's most celebrated comedies - Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors - have made Woody Allen the quintessential New Yorker. This telling, new biography - the first since the tabloids headlined his rift with his long-term mistress, Mia Farrow, and his affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi - tells how a reclusive, melancholy kid achieved unparalleled success as a screenwriter, director, and star. It also explores the real Woody Allen, the critically acclaimed filmmaker from the Upper East Side, and his amusing movie persona of a neurotic and lovable loser. Shrewdly and effectively deconstructing Woody, John Baxter's biography illuminates Allen's preoccupation with sex and mortality, his personal quirks and obsessions, his manipulation of celebrity, and his cinematic achievement as chronicler and court jester of Manhattan's intellectual elite. "A splendidly written, exhaustive account and a major achievement" - The Observer "Astute and highly entertaining biography" - Daily Telegraph "A bracing corrective to the usual po-faced, sycophantic studies of the cult of Woody" - Mail on Sunday "Full of interesting information for cinema enthusiasts" - The Spectator "The saga [of Woody and Mia] makes compulsive reading" - The Guardian
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1999, c1998
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786706662
078670666X
Characteristics: xix, 492 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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