Friday, May 20, 2011

Woody's women

Woody Allen has been making movies for a long time. And as Lynn Hirschberg explains in W Magazine, there's almost always a similar element:

"In nearly every Woody Allen movie, from Bananas to Midnight in Paris, which opened this year’s Cannes film festival, there is a central male character who’s a facsimile of Woody Allen (neurotic, brainy, urban). And, like a sun encircled by planets, Allen surrounds his cinematic twins with a constellation of fascinating, beautiful, and unique women. While the Allen men are consistent and familiar, his female characters are surprising—they defy the industry standard of one-dimensional moms, babes, or best friends."

And what a list of characters it is. Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Mia Farrow, to name a few. Learn how Allen chooses his actresses, and how he deals with them, in Woody’s Women.

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