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Woody Allen

Woody Allen (1935 - ) is a well known filmmaker, comedian and writer. His immense work made him one of the most distinguished and appreciated cinematographers. Even though Woody Allen is mostly known for his work in the movies industry he has also writen, directed and played in numerous theatrical plays. 

Facts about Woody Allen:

Career: 1969 -

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Influenced by: Ingmar Bergman

He was ejected from both New York University and City College.

Before directing films, he was a stand-up comic whose subject matter was his own obsessions - his relationships with women and his analyst, and death - which he elaborated on his films.


Works by Woody Allen in the library: 

  • Don't drink the water: a comedy in two acts[New York : Samuel French, 1967]
    A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It's not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador's son and the caterer's daughter even have time to fall in love.

  • Play it again Sam: a romantic comedy in three acts. [New York : S. French, c1969]
    It was first presented by David merrick, in association with Jack Rollins and Charles Joffe, at the Broadhurst Theatre, N.Y.C., Feb. 12, 1969. The setting was by William Ritman, costumes by Ann Roth, and lighting by Martin Aronstein. Director of the play was Joseph Hardy.

  • Getting even. [New York : Vintage Books, 1978, c1971]
    A collection of his late '60s magazine pieces, offers a look into Allen's bag of shtick, back when it was new. He revenges himself upon such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, adult eduction, laundry lists of famous people, and Latin American revolutionaries. 

  • God: a comedy in one act [New York : S. French, c1975]
    Set in an empty Greek amphitheater, this mad play within a play switches back and forth between ancient Athens and modern Broadway. A Greek actor and a writer are discussing how to end a play. Actors, including Doris Levine from Great Neck, Blanche DuBois, and Groucho Marx, pop out of the audience. Peppered with metaphysical and philosophical questions, the play skids along farcically until the actor and writer conclude that it lacks a beginning as well as an end.

  • Death: a comedy in one act. [New York : S. French, c1975]
    A maniacal killer is at large and Kleinman is caught between conflicting factions with plans on how to catch him. Kleinman, a logical man in a mad world, is indecisive and insecure; he doesn't want to get involved but everyone is after him to make a choice. He is even accused of being the culprit. When Kleinman confronts the maniac (who looks no different from anyone else).

  • Side effects. [New York : Random House, c1980]
    These essays appeared in The New Yorker during the late 1970s. Volume includes Remembering Needleman, The Kugelmass Episode, Confessions of a Buglar, and more.

  • Mere anarchy[London : Ebury, 2007]
    Eigheen short stories - nine of which have never been in print anywhere else before. Surreal, absurd, rich in verbal play, bitingly satirical and just plain daft, the collection includes tales of a body double - mistaken for the film's star - kidnapped by outlaws; a pretentious writer forced to work on the novelisation of a Three Stooges film; a nanny secretly writing an expose of her Manhattan employersq crooks selling bespoke prayers on ebay; and how to ract when you'r asked to finance a Broadway play about the invention and manufacture of the adjustable showerhead.


Bullets over Broadway (film 1994) on IMDB

Bullets over Broadway (musical 2014) on Internet Broadway Database

​Woody Allen webpage

Woody Allen on IMDB


Allen, Woody. Side Effects. New York: Random House, 1980.

Bergan, Ronald. The Film Book: a Complete Guide to the World of Cinema. Dorling Kindersley, 2011.

SCOOP (2006) - ALLEN, WOODY. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 13 Feb 2020.

"Woody Allen." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 1 Dec. 2017. Accessed 13 Feb. 2020.

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