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Woody Allen

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If sex, politics and religion are the big issues that divide people, Woody Allen can't be far behind. He is loved by sophisticates and cab drivers alike--"he's bald, he's ugly, he can't get laid--he's just like us". He is equally loathed by many who see his neurotic ticks and self- absorption as too smothering of his talent. Since Eric Lax's authorised (ie: anodyne) biography came out in 1991, Allen's life has generated huge controversy due to his relationship with Soon- Yi, the adopted daughter of his ex-partner, Mia Farrow. John Baxter here presents a balanced account of this fraught time, and thankfully does not allow it to overwhelm the rest of the book. He proves particularly strong on his analyses of the films, tracing the development from What's New, Pussycat? to the triumph of Manhattan, and onto the darkness of Deconstructing Harry. He considers the role of Ingmar Bergman and Frederico Fellini in informing his direction, and Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin, among others, in moulding the screen persona; but from behind this "Woody" emerges a deeply contradictory man, rather unlovable and only passingly loving, who uses a megalomaniac paranoia to drive his creativity, but which denies him happiness, at least in a conventional sense. It is to John Baxter's credit that he refrains from indulging in excessive psychoanalysis, and the result is an intelligently melancholic biography of an anhedonistic auteur. --David Vincent


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Hardback Editions

November 1998 : UK Hardback

Title: Woody Allen: A Biography
Author(s): John Baxter
ISBN: 0-00-255775-4 / 978-0-00-255775-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

October 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Woody Allen: A Biography
Author(s): John BAXTER
ISBN: 0-7867-0807-7 / 978-0-7867-0807-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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