Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen by Klara Stephanie Szlezák, D. E. Wynter (Editors)
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Overview: Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen is a scholarly collection that provides expansive exploration of the auteur’s use of intertexuality, referentiality, and fusion of media forms. Its scope is framed by Allen’s intermedial phase beginning in 1983 with Zelig and his most recent film.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Mapping Woody Guthrie by Will Kaufman
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Overview: “I ain’t got no home, I’m just a-roamin’ round,” Woody Guthrie lamented in one of his most popular songs. A native of Oklahoma, he was still in his teens when he moved to Pampa, Texas, where he experienced the dust storms that would play such a crucial role in forming his identity and shaping his work. He later joined thousands of Americans who headed to California to escape the devastation of the Dust Bowl. There he entered the West Coast stronghold of the Popular Front, whose leftward influence on his thinking would continue after his move in 1940 to New York, where the American folk music renaissance began when Guthrie encountered Pete Seeger and Lead Belly.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed: Anguish, God and Existentialism by Sander H. Lee
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Overview: Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of his characters to ground their lives in traditional ethical values despite their realization that such values may no longer be certain; the opposition between pessimism and optimism throughout his films; gender issues relating to romantic love, sexual desire, and the ongoing changes in our cultural expectations of both men and women; the idea that contemporary American society is rapidly descending into barbarism precisely because of societal failure to maintain a sense of individual moral responsibility; and a critique of psychoanalysis as a method for understanding human behavior.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Performing Arts > Film & Television