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Loser Take All: The Comic Art of Woody Allen Paperback – Sep 1991

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Contemporary Arts Pr; Rei Exp Su edition (Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826405517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826405517
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,086,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as I can remember writing has been just about my favourite activity. My first interest was writing humour, especially satire, as in my The Bold Testament and Mondays with Moishe. As my teaching career was primarily in Film Studies, that became the primary focus of my writing. I have two books coming out in the fall. One is Wayne State University Press's new edition of my 1977 text, Hitchcock's British Films. The other is from Athabasca University Press: Roy and Me: This is not a memoir, a creative reflection upon my life age 16-18, primarily my relationship with the controversial British war hero and Alberta publisher/politician Roy Farran. I live in Calgary, AB, Canada, where I enjoy the stimulation of retirement from academe. I recommend it to all -- especially to academics.

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The meaning of Woody's movies. 15 Aug. 2002
By "repeatonceagain" - Published on
Format: Unbound
It might be a lot deeper than you think. Woody Allen is a fantastic artist and this book explores the artistic side of his movies. The meaning behind what you see on the screen and hear from the characters.
For example, do you think Allen's first film "Take the Money and Run" was just a silly spoof? Yacowar would have us believe differently. Right from the name of the main character, there is meaning. Quoting from the book: "The film pretends to be a documentary about the criminal hero, Virgil Starkwell (Allen). His Christian name evokes Allen's familiar associations with virginity and bookishness; his surname alludes to Charles Starkweather, a famous marauder of the later 1950s." And that's only the beginning, we learn that the movie is full meanings and messages that we may have never thought of.
That's what this book did for me and why I enjoyed it so much. It is very thought provoking. Of course, I kind of feel like Allen may have been answering this kind of examination of his movies in "Stardust Memories" when someone asks him, "What were trying to say in this picture?" Woody's answer, "I was just trying to be funny." You can decide for yourself.
Talk about dissecting a frog 31 Aug. 2014
By GiovanniGF - Published on
Format: Paperback
Great book if you need someone to explain Woody Allen's jokes.
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