WOODY ALLEN'S

PARALLEL WORLDS

 

 

by

DIRK

CLARA


Copyright: Tom Clara.


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Cover illustration: ‘Woody Allen in Scoop (2006).’
Copyright Jelly Roll Productions and BBC Films.

Cover design by Rosana Sánchez.

 

First Edition. In English.

x + 364 pages. Bibliography and Index.

ISBN: 978-1-931948-94-4

 2010

 

Woody Allen’s Parallel Worlds is an in-depth study that analyzes a recurring theme of Allen’s movies, plays and short stories: his characters’ desire to escape, in various forms and to different degrees, the world they come from to find refuge in another. This new world can be sociocultural, mental or fictional. Dirk Clara explores the recurring characteristics and resemblances of these worlds and the dangers for Allen’s characters in passing from one world to another. In the process, the author discusses the themes of the Jewish Mama and the so-called Waspish woman, the influence of Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint on Allen’s oeuvre, the particular originality of the director's mise en scène in his most ambitious movies and the way he lures us into believing that many of his stories are autobiographical.

 

 

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It ain't the movies; it is real life!

 

DIRK CLARA is a French cinéphile who wrote his Ph.D thesis on Woody Allen’s work. He taught at UC Davis and now lives and teaches in Bordeaux, France.  

 

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