Woody Allen and Philosophy

Focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output, these essays explore the philosophical undertones of Anne Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and reminds us that just ...

Woody Allen and Philosophy

Author: Mark T. Conard

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812697464

Page: 250

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Fifteen philosophers representuing different schools of thought answer the question what is Woody Allen trying to say in his films? And why should anyone care? Focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output, these essays explore the philosophical undertones of Anne Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and reminds us that just because the universe is meaningless and life is pointless is no reason to commit suicide.

Woody Allen s Angst

In this work such Allen films as Annie Hall (1977), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995) are analyzed for the common philosophical themes they share.

Woody Allen      s Angst

Author: Sander H. Lee

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476605963

Page: 414

View: 724

While Woody Allen is generally considered to be a master of the comic genre he created, his serious films are very important in understanding his role as one of this generation’s more influential filmmakers. In this work such Allen films as Annie Hall (1977), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995) are analyzed for the common philosophical themes they share. Gender issues, Allen’s love-hate relationship with God, narcissism and moral relativism, and the use of the so-called existential dilemma are among the topics discussed. The extensive research is augmented with a rare interview with Allen.

Woody Allen

In this extended essay, Vittorio Hösle develops a theory of the comical and applies it to interpret both the recurrent personae played by Woody Allen the actor and the philosophical issues addressed by Woody Allen the director in his films ...

Woody Allen

Author: Vittorio Hösle

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 96

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In this extended essay, Vittorio Hösle develops a theory of the comical and applies it to interpret both the recurrent personae played by Woody Allen the actor and the philosophical issues addressed by Woody Allen the director in his films. Taking Henri Bergson's analysis of laughter as a starting point, Hösle integrates aspects of other theories of laughter to construct his own more finely-articulated and expanded model. With this theory in hand, Hösle discusses the incongruity in the characters played by Woody Allen and describes how these personae are realized in his work. Hösle focuses on the philosophical issues in Allen's major films by exploring the identity problem in Play It Again, Sam and Zelig, the shortcomings of the positivist concept of reality in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, the relation between reality and art in The Purple Rose of Cairo, the objective validity of morality in Crimes and Misdemeanors, the power of evil in Shadows and Fog, and the relation between art and morality in Bullets over Broadway. He cites Allen's virtuosic reinterpretation of older forms of expression and his integration of the fantastic into the comic universe--elements like the giant breasts, anxious sperm, extraterrestrials, ghosts, and magicians that populate his movies--as formal moves akin to those of Aristophanes. Both an overview of Allen's work and a philosophical analysis of laughter, Hösle's study demonstrates why Allen's films have more to offer us--morally, philosophically, and artistically--than just a few laughs. "In Woody Allen, Vittorio Hösle goes a long way toward explaining everything you wanted to know about Allen but were afraid to ask. Just why exactly is he funny, and why does his humor have a strong appeal for academics? In his comprehensive analysis of Allen's work, Hösle outlines a workable theory of humor, illustrates his conclusions by referring to the films and prose, and points out several philosophic motifs underlying Allen's deceptively complex comedies. Hösle's work elevates the enjoyment of Allen's films from guilty pleasure to satisfying intellectual engagement with an intriguing contemporary thinker and artist." --Richard A. Blake, S.J., Boston College "Vittorio Hösle presents a compelling overview of Allen's work in which he discusses different theories of laughter and argues for the priority of the incongruity theory as the only one able to answer the normative question, what distinguises good from bad laughter? On this theoretical basis he goes on to delve into both the humor and the philosophical profundity of Allen's films." --Sander Lee, Keene State College

Woody Allen

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Woody Allen

Author: Kimball King

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135670463

Page: 158

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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Woody on Rye

Considered together, these essays delineate the intellectual, artistic, and moral development of one of cinemaÕs most durable and controversial directors.

Woody on Rye

Author: Vincent Brook

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

ISBN: 1611684811

Page: 312

View: 459

Although Woody AllenÕs films have received extensive attention from scholars and critics, no book has focused exclusively on Jewishness in his work, particularly that of the late 1990s and beyond. In this anthology, a distinguished group of contributorsÑwhose work is richly contextualized in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, theater, and comedyÑexamine the schlemiel, Allen and women, the Jewish take on the Òmorality of murder,Ó AllenÕs take on Hebrew scripture and Greek tragedy, his stage work, his cinematic treatment of food and dining, and what happens to ÒJew YorkÓ when Woody takes his films out of New York City. Considered together, these essays delineate the intellectual, artistic, and moral development of one of cinemaÕs most durable and controversial directors.

Movies and the Meaning of Life

" "Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself ...

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Author: Kimberly A. Blessing

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812698746

Page: 300

View: 253

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" "Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).

Woody Allen

Briefly traces Allen's life and career, discusses each of films, and looks at major themes in his work

Woody Allen

Author: Nancy Pogel

Publisher: Twayne Publishers

ISBN:

Page: 247

View: 607

Briefly traces Allen's life and career, discusses each of films, and looks at major themes in his work

The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion

In 'The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion', film writer Jason Bailey profiles every one of Allen's films through essays, behind-the-scenes interviews, full cast lists, production details, and full-color images and artwork

The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion

Author: Jason Bailey

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760346232

Page: 192

View: 230

A complete look at the extensive, ageless, unparalleled filmography of Woody Allen. Writer, actor, director, comedian, author, and musician, His films - he has over 45 writing and directing credits to his name - range from slapstick to tragedy, farce to f

Film and Philosophy

ema , " in Film as Philosophy : Essays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell ,
ed . Rupert Read ... A Kantian Analysis of Crimes and Misdemeanors , " in Woody
Allen and Philosophy ( Chicago : Open Court , 2004 ) , 33 - 47 . For one that ...

Film and Philosophy

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The Death and Life of Philosophy

We don't know where it comes from , but it constitutes our heart of hearts , our
deepest self - something that made Aristotle Aristotle , and makes me me , and
Woody Allen Woody Allen . Aha ! It comes to me . " Woody Allen ” – that's his ...

The Death and Life of Philosophy

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: St Augustine PressInc

ISBN:

Page: 306

View: 575

The heart of the book is a long chapter and appendix expounding the brilliance of Aristotle on language, the soul, and mind. This updating of him, much broader than the conventional, stereotyped, view, can be incorporated into modern science." "The Death and Life of Philosophy not only presents the great thinkers of the past in a new light, but also satirizes the philosophy professors of today, putting their work and even their aims into perspective in a readable and engaging manner."--BOOK JACKET.

IPod and Philosophy

... VOLUME 6 Baseball and Philosophy : Thinking Outside the Batter ' s Box (
2004 ) VOLUME 7 The Sopranos and Philosophy : 1 Kill Therefore I Am ( 2004 )
VOLUME 8 Woody Allen and Philosophy : You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong
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IPod and Philosophy

Author: D. E. Wittkower

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 248

View: 615

"Essays examine philosophical aspects of the iPod portable audio player, focusing on its status as a cultural icon and object with many meanings"--Provided by publisher.

Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy

Series Editor : George A . Reisch Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy The Porpoise
Driven Life Edited by ... VOLUME 7 The Sopranos and Philosophy : I Kill
Therefore I Am ( 2004 ) VOLUME 8 Woody Allen and Philosophy : You Mean My
Whole ...

Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy

Author: Erin McKenna

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 234

View: 303

An examination of the philosophical aspects of Jimmy Buffett's music, presented in a series of articles that also explores the ways in which to approach philosophy from a perspective of Buffett's works, evaluates key questions about ancient and contemporary philosophers from Epicurus and Diogenes to John Dewey and Judith Butler. Original.

Woody Allen a Biography

But “ just working ” is what Woody Allen , by his own admission , spends most of
his time doing . Fifteen ... I just can ' t stop myself , ” Woody has said . “ If I went to
... There ' s nothing a comedian can teach me about philosophy or art or religion .

Woody Allen  a Biography

Author: Lee Guthrie

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 183

View: 99

Sweet and Lowdown

Tracing this recurrent theme from his stand-up comedy routines and apprentice work through classics like Annie Hall, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Bullets Over Broadway as well as less esteemed ...

Sweet and Lowdown

Author: Lloyd Michaels

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023185093X

Page: 216

View: 928

Over a career that has spanned more than six decades, Woody Allen has explored the emotion of regret as a response to the existentialist dilemma of not being someone else. Tracing this recurrent theme from his stand-up comedy routines and apprentice work through classics like Annie Hall, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Bullets Over Broadway as well as less esteemed accomplishments (Another Woman, Sweet and Lowdown, Cassandra's Dream), this volume argues that it is ultimately the shallowness of his protagonists' regret—their lack of deeply felt, sustained remorse—that defines Allen's pervasive view of human experience. Drawing on insights from philosophy, theology, psychology, and literature, the book discusses nearly every Woody Allen film, with extended analyses of the relationship films (including Alice and Husbands and Wives), the murder tetralogy (including Match Point and Irrational Man), the self-reflexive films (including Stardust Memories and Deconstructing Harry), and the movies about nostalgia (including Radio Days and Midnight in Paris). The book concludes by considering Allen's most affirmative resolution of regret (Broadway Danny Rose) and speculating about the relevance of this through-line for understanding Allen's personal life and prospects as an octogenarian auteur.

Pink Floyd and Philosophy

Series Editor : George A . Reisch Popular Culture and Philosophy Pink Floyd and
Philosophy Careful with ... The Sopranos and Philosophy : I Kill Therefore I Am (
2004 ) VOLUME 8 Woody Allen and Philosophy : You Mean My Whole Fallacy ...

Pink Floyd and Philosophy

Author: George A. Reisch

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 298

View: 689

"Essays critically examine philosophical concepts and problems in the music and lyrics of the band Pink Floyd"--Provided by publisher.

James Bond and Philosophy

... Philosophy : I Kill Therefore I Am ( 2004 ) Edited by Richard Greene and Peter
Vernezze VOLUME 21 U2 and Philosophy : How to Decipher an Atomic Band (
2006 ) Edited by Mark A . Wrathall VOLUME 8 Woody Allen and Philosophy : You
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James Bond and Philosophy

Author: Jacob M. Held

Publisher: Popular Culture and Philosophy

ISBN:

Page: 244

View: 992

Fifteen witty, thought-provoking essays discuss hidden issues in James Bond's world, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. Among the lively topics explored are Bond's relation to existentialism, his objectification of women, and more. A reference guide to all the Bond movies rounds out the book.