Archive for January, 2010

Introduction – Edited 1/31/10

January 31, 2010

I’ve moved to using the program Windows Live Writer instead of in browser, for I cannot publish videos through the web browser due to technical difficulties.

Greetings. This blog shall be updated regularly and devotes itself to Woody Allen and the works that figure into Allen’s major works." I will try my best to post more of the latter than the former for I find that much more interesting than just a straight biography blog about Woody Allen. I tend to look at my influences’ influences, from my friends to musical artists to cinematic artists. During the life of this blog, I shall delve into some novels that purportedly  influenced Allen, such as Fahrenheit 451, The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose, Crime and Punishment, This Side of Paradise, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, and Portnoy’s Complaint, as well as some film-making styles that have influenced Allen, most obviously by Jean-Luc Godard. I hope you enjoy my postings and please don’t feel shy to post a comment, for such a magical feeling comes about when done so.

The above clip is one of my favorite Woody Allen clips. Allen’s blunder in a pseudo-dire situation as a result of his neurosis describes and summarizes his personality perfectly; any audience could grasp an understanding of him clearly  just by watching this scene (The situation is pseudo-dire because the friend characters don’t care about anything other than the preparation of the cocaine in front of them. When Diane Keaton’s character prompts them about the trip to California, the abuser even absorbedly requests a cocaine favor). I very much enjoyed Annie Hall and admire Allen’s cinematic style, drawing from highly self-conscious (self as cinematic and personal) energies.



January 25, 2010