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The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen
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The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

Peter J. Bailey

Abstract

A central tension in Woody Allen’s film career exists between his devotion to releasing a movie every year and his utter skepticism about the effectuality of art. Allen has repeatedly dismissed the Modernist notion that art somehow “saves” the artist by providing works that live on after the artist’s death; in Stardust Memories, he has the assassinated Sandy Bates return from the dead to insist that he would give up the Oscar posthumously presented to him for one more second of life. If it is true that, as Allen often cites Oscar Wilde as maintaining, “art is useless,” then why should he spend ... More

Keywords: ambivalence, cinematic distraction, artistic illusions, irony, self-reflexiveness, comedic, dramatic, Oscar Wilde

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167190
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167190.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Bailey, author
St. Lawrence University