Three Films by Woody Allen Film Review by Nicky

Three Films by Woody Allen
Compares three comedic films by Woody Allen: "Sleeper", "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors".
# 129148 | 2,015 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 03, 2010 in Film (Artist) , English (Comparison) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper analyzes and compares three of Woody Allen's movies that may at first seem atypical group of his films: "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors". The paper explains the word 'schlemiel' and notes that it encapsulates the ongoing thematic character of Woody Allen's persona throughout the parody and satire of his body of work. With this in mind, the paper relates that 'Sleeper" has a tremendous sense of satire and parody about the future, "Broadway Danny Rose" brings the schlemiel to its romanticized height and "Crimes and Misdemeanors", is two stories whose characters almost never even meet each other.

From the Paper:

"While seemingly a noble albeit penniless pursuit, his character seems to find joy often at the greatest point of despair. The story centers on a particular talent, a lounge performer Rose had discovered, the singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), who has never really made Rose dime one. In fact Rose has had to bail him out on numerous occasions, both financially and criminally. Suddenly Rose books him into some excellent rooms, he begins to get noticed and just as soon as he becomes famous he drops Rose like a hot knish."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beach, Christopher. Class, Language, and American Film Comedy. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Dunne, Michael. Metapop: Self-Referentiality in Contemporary American Popular Culture. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.
  • Gehring, Wes D. Parody as Film Genre: Never Give a Saga an Even Break. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999
  • Girgus, Sam B. The Films of Woody Allen. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Pinsker, Sanford. The Schlemiel as Metaphor: Studies in Yiddish and American Jewish Fiction. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991.

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