Let’s go bananas with Woody Allen Made by Natalia Mashinistova R-204 id7726745
Contents1. Biography2. Woody the director3. Woody the husband4. Filming5. Writing6. Live, Laugh, “To Rome with Love”
Biography Woody Allen was born December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues today. He broke into show business at age 15 when he started writing jokes for a local paper, receiving $200 a week. He later moved on to write jokes for talk shows but felt that his jokes were being wasted. His agents, Charles Joffe and Jack Rollins, convinced him to start doing stand-up and telling his own jokes. Reluctantly he agreed and, although he initially performed with such fear of the audience that he would cover his ears when they applauded his jokes, he eventually became very successful at stand-up.Name: Allan Stewart Konigsberg After performing on stage for aDOB: 1 December 1935 few years, he was approached to write a script for Warren Beatty to star in:Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA "Whats New Pussycat?" It was from this experience that Woody realized that heOccupation: Director could not work on a film without complete control over its production.
First films Woodys theoretical directorial debut was in "Whats Up, TigerLily?"; a Japanese spy flick that he dubbed over with his owncomedic dialogue about spies searching for the secret recipe for eggsalad. His real directorial debut came the next year in themockumentary “Take the Money and Run”. He has written,directed and, more often than not, starred in about a film a yearever since while simultaneously writing more than a dozen playsand several books of comedy.
Although hisstories and style havechanged over theyears, he is regardedas one of the bestfilmmakers of ourtime because of hisviews on art and hismastery of film-making.
—Can a man love two women at the same time?— More than two. (Laughs) I think you can. That‟s why romance is a very difficult and painful thing, a very hard, very complicated thing. You can be with your wife, very happily married, and then you meet some woman and you love her. But you love your wife, too. And you also love that one. Or if she‟s met some man and she loves the man and she loves you. And then you meet somebody else and now there are three of you. (Laughs) Why only one person?
Closer than a stepdaughter In 1992 Woody Allen‟s longtime companion and lead actress, Mia Farrow, found his nude Polaroids of 21-year-old Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, one of her adopted children. Farrow accused Allen of sexually abusing their adopted daughter, Dylan, then seven. Allen indignantly denied her charges. “I never did anything. I would never molest a child,” he said during a hearing. He was cleared by a panel of doctors, but Farrow eventually won full custody of Dylan. Allen was ultimately denied visitation rights with Dylan. Later Woody married Soon- Yi, they have 2 children.
“If my films don‟t show a profit, I knowI‟m doing something right”. —Woody Allen
—Do you think the pleasures of writing are related to thesense of control art provides?— It‟s a wonderful thing to be able to create your own worldwhenever you want to. Writing is very pleasurable, veryseductive, and very therapeutic. Time passes very fast whenI‟m writing—really fast. I‟m puzzling over something, andtime just flies by. It‟s an exhilarating feeling. How bad can itbe? It‟s sitting alone with fictional characters. You‟re escapingfrom the world in your own way and that‟s fine. Why not?
Woody Allen is a greatwriter: his works are rich indelicate irony and humor. For example, here‟s thestory about a man whodropped dead of a heartattack and was reincarnatedas a lobster. He finds himselfin a tank at a posh UpperEast Side seafood restaurant.
“Happiness in life is impossible:This is my perspective and has always been my perspective onlife. I have a very grim, pessimistic view of it. I always havesince I was a little boy; it hasn‟t gotten worse with age oranything. I do feel that‟s it‟s a grim, painful, nightmarish,meaningless experience and that the only way that you can behappy is if you tell yourself some lies and deceive yourself”.
European Seven Despite his pessimistic views on life, Woody Allencontinues to direct light, dreamy and beautiful movies. Last 7 movies he has made over the past seven years aredirected in London, Barcelona, Paris and Rome. Allen evensays that he dreams of being a „foreign filmmaker‟. “I always wanted to be a foreign filmmaker,” he saysseriously. “But I‟m from Brooklyn so I couldn‟t be because Iwasn‟t foreign. But all of a sudden, through happy accidents,I‟ve become one, to such a degree that I‟m even writingsubtitles. So I‟m thrilled with that”.
Go watch “To Rome with Love”!StorylineSet in the romantic city of Rome.The intertwining stories of aworker who wakes up to findhimself a celebrity, an architectwho takes a trip back to the streethe lived on as a student, a youngcouple on their honeymoon, and afrustrated opera director who has atalent for discovering talentedsingers.
Woody Allen is 77, but hesuccessfully manages to understandpeople of all ages. He looks at all the things thathappen to him with humor, he treatswith irony even his aging:—What‟s your take on getting older?— I find it a lousy deal. There is noadvantage getting older. You don‟t getsmarter, you don‟t get wiser, you don‟tget more mellow, you don‟t get morekindly, nothing good happens. Yourback hurts more, you get moreindigestion, your eyesight isn‟t as good,you need a hearing aid. It‟s a badbusiness getting old and I would adviseyou not to do it if you can avoid it. Itdoesn‟t have a romantic quality.
— Will you ever stop making films?— I simply enjoy working. You shoot a film, and the result couldhave always been better. You try again, and fail once more. In someways I find it enjoyable. You never lose sight of your goal. I don‟t domy job to make money or to break box office records, I simply trythings out. What would happen if I were to achieve perfection atsome point? What would I do then?
Webliography• Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1• Reconstructing Woody• Woody Allen: “the whole thing is tragic”• Woody Allen• DeviantART• Tails of Manhattan