Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Slow News Week

If you're anything like us, you've found that critical essays and biographies of Woody Allen careen between tedious and helpful. But if you're willing to take a plunge in those waters, Google Books is your friend. Be warned, however, that some of these titles are only partial previews limited to select chapters or essays from its respective volume.

Love, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life: The Films of Woody Allen by Foster Hirsch.

Woody Allen on Woody Allen by Stig Bjorkman.

Woody Allen, a biography by Eric Lax.

The essay A Little Faith in People from Brooklyn is Not Expanding: The Comic Universe of Woody Allen by Annette Wermblad.

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen by Peter J. Bailey.

Art, Love, and Life in the Films of Woody Allen by Mary P. Nichols.

Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed by Sander H. Hall.

Woody Allen: A Casebook by Kimball King.

Woody Allen's Angst by Sander H. Lee.

Once again, please be forewarned that pretense levels are often toxic with film critics, and all the more incoherent when missing pages here and there. William S. Burroughs would have loved it.


Tim said...

A Casebook is an interesting read for sure - but why isn't Conversations on this list? By far the best Woody book out there!

Good Small Films said...

Conversations with Woody Allen is not available through Google Books, so far as I can tell. There is a link to it in the menu to the right, however.

It's the best, we agree.