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

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167190

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167190.001.0001

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From the Neck Up

From the Neck Up

Another Woman and Celebrity

(p.265) 19 From the Neck Up
The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

Peter J. Bailey

University Press of Kentucky

If art in Deconstructing Harry is too much the product of a reprobate to be anything other than corrupt, the bitter cultural satire of Celebrity hardly allows for the existence of art at all. Lee Simon wants to believe in his genuineness and the honesty of his autobiographical novel, but he’s too much attracted to the hollow, media-crazed world he abhors to remain committed to his art, which a jilted lover ultimately scatters over the Hudson River. Marion Post of Another Womanknows she must change her life from its philosophical deep freeze, and she finds her transformation depicted in the novel of an ex-lover who characterizes the woman modeled on her as “capable of deep passion.” Both Simon and Post, these movies suggest, are guilty of confounding art and life for the purposes of self-gratification and self-aggrandizement.

Keywords:   Gustav Klimt, Rainer-Maria Rilke, Sven Nykvist, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, the obscure object of desire, Roger Ebert

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