Apropos of Nothing

Apropos of Nothing
Author: Woody Allen
Rating: 4.06
Bestsellers Rate: 6840
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 400
Hours of reading: 6.7 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 20,79 €

About the book

The long-awaited, enormously entertaining memoir by one of the great artists of our time. In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life. Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success. With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as Take the Money and Run, and revisits his entire, sixty-year-long, and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Hannah and Her Sisters to his most recent films, including Midnight in Paris. Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances and famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays. We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure. This is a hugely entertaining, deeply honest, rich and brilliant self-portrait of a celebrated artist who is ranked among the greatest filmmakers of our time.

Reviews

"A lively tale of growing up lower-middle-class in Brooklyn; a gossipy account of scrambling up the comedy ladder from tabloid gag writer to Oscar winner . . . this memoir is for the most part a pleasure to read and entertaining company . . . you'd have to be a real sourpuss not to laugh at the fusillade of one-liners, two-liners, three-liners and so on." -Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times "He has an authentic and easygoing voice on the page." - New York Times "An absolute delight, hilarious and endearing and glistening with stardust." - National Review "Master, from youth, at self-deprecating humor, and born with New York City cojones , Allen says what others just think, controversy be damned." - New York Journal of Books "It was a laugh a minute..." - Newark Star-Ledger "His wit is on full display." - The Federalist "A brisk, vivid, and extremely funny account.." - Commentary Magazine "Allen's style is gossipy and spry." - The Guardian "Brilliant." - Deadline "it's a fantastic book, so funny. . . . You feel like you're in the room with him and yeah, it's just a great book and it's hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong."-Larry David "If you love Woody Allen, you'll love the book."-Sam Wasson, Air Mail

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"A lively tale of growing up lower-middle-class in Brooklyn; a gossipy account of scrambling up the comedy ladder from tabloid gag writer to Oscar winner . . . this memoir is for the most part a pleasure to read and entertaining company . . . you'd have to be a real sourpuss not to laugh at the fusillade of one-liners, two-liners, three-liners and so on." --Peter Biskind, Los Angeles Times "He has an authentic and easygoing voice on the page." --New York Times "An absolute delight, hilarious and endearing and glistening with stardust." --National Review "Master, from youth, at self-deprecating humor, and born with New York City cojones, Allen says what others just think, controversy be damned." -New York Journal of Books "It was a laugh a minute..." -Newark Star-Ledger "His wit is on full display." -The Federalist "A brisk, vivid, and extremely funny account.." -Commentary Magazine "Allen's style is gossipy and spry." -The Guardian "Brilliant." -Deadline "it's a fantastic book, so funny. . . . You feel like you're in the room with him and yeah, it's just a great book and it's hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong."--Larry David "If you love Woody Allen, you'll love the book."--Sam Wasson, Air Mail

Woody Allen Biography

Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing material for television in the 1950s, mainly Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) working alongside Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and Neil Simon. He also published several books featuring short stories and wrote humor pieces for The New Yorker. In the early 1960s, he performed as a stand-up comedian in Greenwich Village alongside Lenny Bruce, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, and Joan Rivers. There he developed a monologue style (rather than traditional jokes) and the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish. He released three comedy albums during the mid to late 1960s, earning a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album nomination for his 1964 comedy album entitled simply Woody Allen. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen fourth on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, while a UK survey ranked Allen the third-greatest comedian.By the mid-1960s, Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies such as Take the Money and Run (1969), Bananas (1971), Sleeper (1973), and Love and Death (1975), before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the late 1970s with Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), and Stardust Memories (1980), and alternating between comedies and dramas to the present. Allen is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s such as Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Sidney Lumet. He often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup. His film Annie Hall (1977), a romantic comedy featuring Allen and his frequent collaborator Diane Keaton, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actress for Keaton. Critics have called his work from the 1980s his most developed period. Those films include Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), Another Woman (1988), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). In the 21st century, many of Allen's films have been set and shot in Europe, including Match Point (2005), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Midnight in Paris (2011), and To Rome with Love (2012), returning to America with Blue Jasmine (2013) and Cafe Society (2016). In 1979, Allen began a professional and personal relationship with actress Mia Farrow, and over a decade-long period they collaborated on 13 films. They separated after Allen began a relationship with Mia's and Andre Previn's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. During the separation, Allen was publicly accused of sexually abusing his daughter, the seven-year-old Dylan. The allegation gained substantial media attention, but Allen was never charged or prosecuted, and he vehement ... Read full biography

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Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Imprint: Arcade Publishing
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781951627348
ISBN10: 1951627342
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 400
Book Weight: 589.67
Book Dimensions: 152x228x38.1
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Publication date: Aug. 15, 2020
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Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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