Woody Allen Film by Film
Author: Jason Solomons
"If you know anyone who loves film, even a bit, this is a must-have... Jason Solomons has produced a beautiful, illustrated biography of the Great Man." Claudia Winkleman, Radio 2. Since he first vented his neuroses on the big screen in 1965, Woody Allen has enjoyed a career unlike any other writer or director in cinema. The impact of his comedy and his psychoanalysis of the modern world have been hugely influential and had a profound effect on popular culture ever since. Woody Allen is unarguably one of cinema's most successful and renowned auteurs, a filmmaker who has influenced the zeitgeist more than any other, and a director every actor wants to work with. Everyone has their favourite Woody film - whether it's his nervous but hilarious urban romances such as Annie Hall or Manhattan, or the later, lighter dramas such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Blue Jasmine. Woody Allen has never failed to release a movie every year, on time and on budget. As Woody said about himself: "The two biggest myths about me are that I'm an intellectual, because I wear these glasses, and that I'm an artist because my films lose money." As self-critical as ever, Woody Allen remains a force to be reckoned with. Woody Allen: Film by Film covers 50 years of ground-breaking cinema and explores each one of the director's movies, making it the most complete critical analysis of the filmmaker's work to date. Written by highly respected film critic Jason Solomons and featuring a revealing new interview between the author and Woody, this sumptuously illustrated biography through film is an insightful, entertaining and authoritative exploration into the mind of one of the world's most complex, creative and best-loved directors.
Jason Solomons is one of the UK's best-known film critics. He is a regular critic on BBC News, Sky News and BBC Radio. He is the host of the Movie Talk interview series on Sky Arts and London Live TV channels and has presented his unique film slot on BBC London 94.9 radio every week for over 15 years. He is a regular host on red carpets, presenter of Virgin Atlantic's in-flight entertainment show and has covered every Cannes Film Festival since 1997, where he began his legendary Trailer Trash column for the Observer newspaper. In nearly 20 years covering movies, Jason has conducted interviews with some of the greatest names in cinema, including Nicole Kidman, Mike Leigh, Gary Oldman, Martin Scorsese and, of course, Woody Allen. Jason lives in north London with his wife and two children.