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Fans of Woody Allen have long waited to hear him tell us in his own words about his life, his tastes, and his films, but until recently he has been reluctant to give lengthy interviews. This book is the conversation we've been waiting for, a dialogue with Stig Bjorkman in which Allen speaks openly about himself and his art. Bjorkman invites the writer/director to talk at l ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 28th 1995 by Grove/Atlantic (first published September 29th 1993)
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Bryce Wilson
In honor of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Great in depth (Or as indepth as the evasive Allen ever gets anyway) look at Allen's career. Despite the fact that he claims to never watch his films once they're completed Allen's recall is nothing short of startling and unlike the similarly mammoth Altman On Altman no film in Allen's Career is given a short shrift. He raises a spirited defense for even his most loathed films. Great Read.

PS. I really don't see how Sweet and Low Down, Everyone Says I Love Yo
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Eric B
He's rarely interviewed and this book has his work in his own words. He also provides many good book and music recommendations,
Simon
He writes the film equivalent of chamber music. Sometimes they work: Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors and the hugely enjoyable Annie Hall. I also have soft spots for Radio Days and Interiors, mainly because it is hilarious to watch Maureen Stapleton trample through the film making the other actors look either mannered or comatose. But by the time I saw Midnight in Paris, I was over the usual Woody "bring the upper classes together for serious problems accompanied by dia ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Un adevarat "companion to watching Woody Allen's movies". Mi-ar placea sa revad intr-o buna zi toate filmele sale cu aceasta carte alaturi. De multe ori m-am surprins intrebandu-ma "oare de ce?" in fata unui film ca Celebrity, Stardust Memories sau Crimes and Misdemeanors. Am primit din aceste interviuri si cateva raspunsuri si, bineinteles, am aflat si raspunsuri la intrebari pe care nu am apucat sa mi le pun. De pilda care film al regizorului se apropie cel mai mult ca mesaj de A saptea pecete ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Woody Allen has been very productive after 1993, but regarding his background and all his work up to then, this is the ultimate book I think. A nice, flowing and interesting conversation.
Bookaholic
Critic de film şi autor de cărţi dedicate unor regizori celebri precum Ingmar Bergman şi Lars von Trier, Stig Björkman a avut ocazia să petreacă două luni cu Woody Allen, în 1992, apoi o altă perioadă în 1993, la cinematograful de la Centrul de Film din Manhattan, în casa lui Woody sau chiar în rulota de filmare, timp în care a trecut cu el, în cea mai mare parte cronologic, prin toată cariera lui până în 2002. Spiritual şi deschis, degajat, dar şi extrem de serios când vine vorba despre stilul ...more
Louis
I love this book. It's a great collection of interviews.
Linnea Svensson
Interesting but a bit repetative. Almost 4 stars.
Lero
приятно чередовать с просмотрами фильмов и узнавать интересные подробности о съемках фильмов, новых авторов, которые проскользнули мимо меня и обращать внимание на must see фильмы, которые еще не.
например, из этой книжки я узнала о существовании в 20-х годах таких милых выражений, как "кошкина пижама", "пчелкины коленки" и других))
"Авторство этого сленгового выражения приписывают известному журналисту и карикатуристу Томасу Доргану (1877–1929). Дорган работал в «Нью-Йорк джорнал», где публикова
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Dirk Malcolm
At the beginning of this year’s Woodython, I promised to provide a review of some of the Woody literature available in the Dirk archive. Woody Allen on Woody Allen is part of the Faber series featuring directors talking in detail about their work. They have rescued many essays for me in the past as they are a valuable source of quotes and insight straight from the auteurs’ mouth, so to speak. This book is a key text in Woody studies and a great companion piece to the documentary to dip and delve ...more
Saman
وودي آلن(9آذر 1314 بروكلين، نيويورك)، بي‌ترديد يكي از برترين‌هاي تاريخ سينماست و پس از چها سال حضور در صحنه‌ي سينماي جهان، كمتر سينمادوستي است كه با نام او و فيلم‌هاي درخشانش آشنا نباشد
زندگي خصوصي وودي آلن نيز سراسر خواندني و آكنده از ماجراهاي سينمايي و شبه‌سينمايي است و چه كسي بهتر از خود او كه زندگي‌اش را با خلوص و سادگي به عرياني بيان كند
اين كتاب حاوي بيست و چهار فصل مي‌باشد كه در هر فصل درباره‌ي يكي از فيلم‌هايش توضيح داده است

فيلم‌شناسي وودي آلن به شرح زير مي‌باشد
Whatever Works (2009) (post-
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Baiocco
I've only seen five woody allen movies (Zelig, Annie Hall, Reconstructing Harry, Sweet and Lowdown, and Match Point) but I feel like I've seen them all. I don't know if thats a good thing, but in reading these interviews between the film maker and the Swedish film critic Stig Bjorkman wherein the two go through each and every WA movie from 'Take The Money and Run' to 'Manhattan Murder Mystery', I got a clear sense of what was happening in those movies. Frankly, that wasn't so interesting, and ki ...more
Graham Jarrett
'Read'
Can't say I read any more than 10-20 pages before I fell asleep. I have non intention of picking it up again. Overly detailed interview style that seemed to be going nowhere. I Moved on.
علی
برخی از آثار مکتوب وودی آلن، هم چنان که بسیاری از فیلم هایش، دوست داشتنی اند، و سرشار از نوآوری های طنز کلامی. و استی بیورکمن (سوئدی) که این گفتگوی تحلیلی را با وودی آلن انجام داده، به دلیل احاطه ی بی نظیرش به آثار سینمایی و ادبی وودی آلن، بهتر از هرکس دیگر به بررسی کارهای او پرداخته است. حسن دیگر کتاب این است که بیورکمن نظراتش را با خود وودی آلن در میان گذاشته و در بسیاری از نظراتش، تحسین و تایید آلن را هم برانگیخته است، اگرچه آلن در برخی موارد سعی داشته مساله را به گونه ای دیگر تعریف کند. برای ...more
Kit Fox
Totally forgot that Annie Hall was originally a murder mystery... Not a whole lot of earth-shattering insights into Allen's style, but some interesting info on how he goes about his process with almost complete artistic freedom. There really needs to be an updated version of this book that covers the most recent 15 years of his work, but that doesn't seem too likely to happen. Either way, it's hard not to hang on the words of a person who almost never gives interviews, even if all you learn is t ...more
Jeff
This book get's you fully into his work and life behind the scenes and in front of the cameras. you see his thought process who inspired him. His advice and outlook on his life and career. He is his own worst critic and comes off as unsentimental though thatis exactly what his films inspire. This film gave me plenty of inspiration and scarily i found that we have the same outlook on certain subjects and instances. i guess there are worse to be in common with. He is a genius (Though i know he wou ...more
Paulina Tuch
Repetitive at times, but mostly fascinating.
Ben Benson
I have the early version of this book, it ends after Manhattan Murder Mystery. It's a great read if you love Woody Allen films. This year ended up being the year I chose to finish watching every Woody Allen movie I hadn't seen and it was absolutely wonderful to watch one of his movies and then pick up this book and read between 5-10 pages about the movie I just watched from W.A.'s own mouth. A good book for a true fan or interested fan.
Cristina
This is a great book if you are interested in film-making. Outside of his albeit strange personal life, I truly enjoy his artistic abilities, specifically his screen-writing ability. I wanted to get an inside scoop of what is in his head as he creates. Interesting read about someone who is truly passionate about their profession- not because of the money that will come from it, but because they love what they do!
Phil
For the die-hard fans only. Touches on personal details and is blunt about the circumstences surrounding his "September" re-shoot. But not a lot revealed, just some insight into a great artistic mind. Woody is casual and easy going in these interviews, if not entirely forthcoming. A fun read for anyone familiar with his films without having much context for the motivations behind them.
David
Woody Allen isn't the most self-reflective or forthcoming guy in the world, but it was still interesting to hear him to talk about his films. He goes through each one of his films in chornological order, talking about casting, filming, etc. Probably only interesting if you're obsessed with Woody Allen and have seen all of his films. Yes, I'm a dork.
Ravinangre
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Amir
کتاب به شدت فنی هست. در کل اگه به دنبال کتابی هستید که جهان اندیشه‌ای وودی آلن رو از زبونش بشنوید این اون کتاب نیست. کتاب کاملا متکی هست به فیلم‌ها و این‌که مثلا این فیلم چرا این‌طور ساخته شدو چرا فلانی این نقش رو بازی کرد. در کل بیشتر کتابی هست که به درد سینماگر می‌خوره و نه سینمابین
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Horia Bura
Not that interesting if you haven't seen much of Allen's work before 2000, as it is my case. However, this book of interviews that punctually analyzes every movie he has made is still a good way of penetrating the mind of one of the most representative filmmakers of our time.
Roderick Brunt
A fast and mostly enjoyable read for anyone who likes the subject involved. No far reaching perceptions or third party misinterpretations. The capable writer/filmmaker who honed his skills over the years to an exceptionally sharp edge, remarks on his life and work. Excellent!
JJ Feinauer
These interviews are fantastic. Woody Allen is, to me, one of the most interesting writers. When he is on his game he is amazing. When he's not, it's almost embarrassing. These gave great insight into how he functions as a filmmaker.
Saman
مجموعه مصاحبه‌هايي‌ست با وودي آلن، درباره‌ي زندگي‌ و فيلم‌هايش. فقط كمي اين كتاب كهنه شده؛ چرا كه وودي آلي سالي يك فيلم مي‌سازد و تاريخ نشر اين كتاب براي 20 سال پيش است. قاعدتاً آثار اين دو دهه را در بر نمي‌گيرد
Andrew G
Informative not really about the man himself, but his process of film making which is actually much more simple and straight forward than you would think. Very good if you're a Woody Allen fan or film student.
Bojana
Feb 27, 2012 Bojana added it
Very different from the von Trier interviews, this one seems much less intimate and certainly much less fun to read. But still an amazing insight into a great director's mind and his working ethics.
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