Woody Allen once controlled the press like his actors--and as critic Andrew Sarris observed, Woody is almost a ventriloquist and all his actors are marionettes. It's his nature. He has to be on top. The Soon-Yi scandal cost him $7 million and his protected reputation, and now we've got Marion Meade's unblinking look at his blighted life (superior to John Baxter's Woody Allen, not quite as good as Meade's Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?). The son of a loveless dad and mom who respectively ignored and beat him daily, Woody grew up mean, scarred, and scared: he slept with a night-light until his early 40s and considered suicide daily until at least age 51. His uncanny gift for comedy gave him no comfort, but movies did. His most autobiographical character is Cecilia in The Purple Rose of Cairo, who took refuge in theaters from the ugly light of real life.The Soon-Yi scandal cost him $7 million and his protected reputation, and now wea#39;ve got Marion Meadea#39;s unblinking look at his blighted life (superior to John Baxtera#39;s Woody Allen, not quite as good as Meadea#39;s Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell ...
|Title||:||The Unruly Life of Woody Allen|
|Publisher||:||E-reads/E-rights - 2010-12|