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ISBN-13: 9781444337235

Edited by means of popular Allen specialists, A better half to Woody Allen offers a set of 26 unique essays at the director’s movies. Contributions supply a couple of divergent serious views whereas increasing the contexts within which his paintings is understood.
• A well timed better half through the authors of 2 of an important books on Allen to date
• Illuminates the movies of Woody Allen from a few divergent severe perspectives
• Explores the contexts during which his paintings will be understood
• Assesses Allen’s striking filmmaking profession from its early beginnings and investigates the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it
• Discusses Allen’s acceptance as a world cinematic determine

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Even more so than the beginning, the final section of the film, the manhunt, is about procedure. The concept of finding a single individual in a huge metropolis recalls the early Kurosawa motif of Stray Dog (1949). Revisited in Red Beard is the relationship between teacher and reluctant pupil, found many times in Kurosawa’s work, from his first directorial effort, Sanshiro Sugata (1943), through to Drunken Angel (1948), Stray Dog, Seven Samurai and even Sanjuro. The story takes place during a period of transition in Japanese history: the end of the Edo/Tokugawa period when the age of the samurai is about to end and Western influences are to become more prevalent.

The production of the project echoed the volatility and precariousness of Noriko’s journey.

Critique ‘Kids today are scary’, says one character, but, much like the film, does not offer either reasons or solutions. In All about Lily Chou-Chou there are no causes, only effects. Why does Hoshino’s personality shift so suddenly and dramatically? How did he get hold of the video he uses to blackmail his classmate into prostitution? Why blackmail her in the first place? No explanations are given, making the abuse even more indiscriminate, yet Hoshino is not an unsympathetic villain. It is one of the strengths of the film that their young characters are neither excused nor vilified for their outrageous behaviour.

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