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Woody on Rye - Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen

Vincent Brook

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ISBN 10: 1611684803 / ISBN 13: 9781611684803
Published by University Press of New England
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Title: Woody on Rye - Jewishness in the Films and ...

Publisher: University Press of New England

Binding: Paperback / softback

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Although Woody Allen's films have received extensive attention from scholars and critics, no book has focused exclusively on Jewishness in his work, particularly that of the late 1990s and beyond. In this anthology, a distinguished group of contributors-whose work is richly contextualized in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, theater, and comedy-examine the schlemiel, Allen and women, the Jewish take on the """"morality of murder,"""" Allen's take on Hebrew scripture and Greek tragedy, his stage work, his cinematic treatment of food and dining, and what happens to """"Jew York"""" when Woody takes his films out of New York City. Considered together, these essays delineate the intellectual, artistic, and moral development of one of cinema's most durable and controversial directors.

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"Reading through Woody on Rye I found myself engaged, stimulated, provoked, enticed, and intrigued by so many glimmering visions seen through so many sharp critical lenses. The book is rich with possibility and insight." --Murray Pomerance, author of The Eyes Have It: Cinema and the Reality Effect

"The arc of Woody Allen's career has been dramatic -- from writing gags and doing nightclub gigs, to making movies that are punctuated with death-of-God despair. Now recognized as an auteur, Allen has sometimes treated his Jewish heritage as an object of satire, but always as an inescapable social datum. The scholarly implications for both ethnic studies and film studies are traced in Woody on Rye, a rich and indispensable analysis of its subject." --Stephen J. Whitfield, Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University

"A collection of new voices chime in on the work of Woody Allen. Serious scholarship, with a dash of humor. A must for fans and film critics alike."--Patricia B. Erens, author of The Jew in American Cinema

" The collection brings out the complexities of this Jewishly ambivalent artist. Recommended for academic collections on film."--Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

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The best book about movies in years. Some of the essays are stylistically, referentially difficult. That is part of their value nothing glib, nothing facile, and not much attention to gossip or scandal. This book will thrill all readers. . . . Highly recommended. Choice"

The collection brings out the complexities of this Jewishly ambivalent artist. Recommended for academic collections on film. Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews"

"The best book about movies in years. Some of the essays are stylistically, referentially difficult. That is part of their value--nothing glib, nothing facile, and not much attention to gossip or scandal. This book will thrill all readers. . . . Highly recommended."-- "Choice"

"The collection brings out the complexities of this Jewishly ambivalent artist. Recommended for academic collections on film."-- "Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews"

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