Woody Allen’s Angst

Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films


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About the Book

While Woody Allen is generally considered to be a master of the comic genre he created, his serious films are very important in understanding his role as one of this generation’s more influential filmmakers. In this work such Allen films as Annie Hall (1977), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995) are analyzed for the common philosophical themes they share. Gender issues, Allen’s love-hate relationship with God, narcissism and moral relativism, and the use of the so-called existential dilemma are among the topics discussed. The extensive research is augmented with a rare interview with Allen.

About the Author(s)

Sander H. Lee is a professor of philosophy at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

Bibliographic Details

Sander H. Lee
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 414
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, references, appendix, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7606-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0596-8
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“he writes maturely, respectfully, intelligently…invaluable”—Choice; “an intriguing philosophical analysis of the work of one of the world’s great filmmakers”—The Journal of Value Inquiry.