Apropos of Nothing - Woody Allen

Apropos of Nothing

By Woody Allen

  • Release Date: 2020-03-23
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 297 Ratings)

Description

The Long-Awaited, Enormously Entertaining Memoir by One of the Great Artists of Our Time—Now a New York TimesUSA Today,
Los Angeles Times
, and Publisher’s Weekly
Bestseller.
 
In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life. Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success. With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as Take the Money and Run, and revisits his entire, sixty-year-long, and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Annie and Her Sisters to his most recent films, including Midnight in Paris. Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances and famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays. We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure.
 
This is a hugely entertaining, deeply honest, rich and brilliant self-portrait of a celebrated artist who is ranked among the greatest filmmakers of our time. 
 

Reviews

  • Apropos of Nothing

    5
    By Stephen James H
    Brilliantly honest and inspiring storytelling.
  • A Great Look into the Life and Films of Woody Allen

    5
    By HalfGleason
    My introduction to Woody Allen came when I was a kid and my dad showed me the film, Bananas. Since then, I’ve made it a point to see all of Woody Allen’s films. I’ve also read his books, as well as countless interviews and articles published over the years. In Apropos of Nothing, Allen discusses all of his films and sprinkles writing and filmmaking advice throughout the pages. What the book does best, however, is give us a glimpse into the life of the man behind these great films. Allen tells his story in chronological order, but veers off on topics as they come up. Each time, however, he makes his way back to the established timeline. I loved reading Apropos of Nothing and I didn’t want it to end.
  • Apropos of Nothing

    5
    By blacy1
    I was skeptical about even buying this book. I had already formed an opinion of the scandal surrounding Woody Allen in the intensive press coverage received - especially after his adopted Daughter Dylan Farrow came out with her damaging accusations during the #MeToo movement with an open letter to the New York Post in March of 2014. Also, I read Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill” which has made Farrow one of the #MeToo movement’s favorite reporters. However, after reading Woody’s book, I have to say that Woody’s book has me seeing his side of the truth. And his book is so much more than just defending himself against the scandal. He has had such a long and storied career. And within this long career he has been a long time supporter of so many actresses which most support him to this day. Woody’s book was pulled by its original publisher Hachette Book Group. Of course, this came after complaints from another author - Ronan Farrow who’s book “Catch and Kill” was also published by Hachette. Farrow made a statement linking Mia to the #MeToo Movement - in response to his Mother’s accusations about Woody “She’s nuts, she’s jealous’ is an old and thin deflection tactic in child abuse cases, but she was in the crosshairs of that at a time when a certain echelon of a powerful man in Hollywood with the right team of publicists really held all the cards. In retrospect I see the parallels to some of the systems that I’ve reported on.” Read Andrea Peyser’s article in the New York Post March 28, 2020 entitled “Mia Farrow has finally succeeded in Destroying Woody Allen - and We Should be Afraid”
  • Honest

    5
    By Ms. Hush Puppy
    Honestly, I don't know what I expected. Love his films for all sorts of reasons. A bridge in American humor that can be fairly said to personally have paved the road from Chaplin & Groucho to Seinfeld & Larry David. As a woman reader, an academic child mental health professional who has lived the proto-feminist experience, I am so sad & horrified by the obvious wrong done to him in the perverted name of Me-too-ness. A beautiful soul! This book has been a fine read in the time of Covid, providing escape to the long & wonderful life work of this amazing writer & film director.
  • Trash

    1
    By halcyon.crest
    A witty tome is not enough to rebut all the allegations against you, Woody. You’re fooling again only those who’ve already been fooled by you.
  • Worth reading..

    5
    By Scottcityman
    I assume you admire Woody Allen movies or you wouldn’t be here. For what it’s intended to be it’s 5 stars from me. I’m glad he didn’t go into more detail on the making of each movie… I could’ve used a little less on everybody he ever worked with… I intended to skip the #MeTooStuff but once I got into it I couldn’t stop. What a nightmare of a story all the way around. It’s worth hearing his side..which you probably haven’t. The fact that it was so difficult to get this published is very very disturbing.
  • Terrific!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    5
    By Clamshell614
    ‘Reading for pleasure’ has never been truer of a phrase. I always love Woody Allen and I am grateful for his work.
  • Loved every line of it!

    5
    By severone
    Great reading for troubled times.
  • Fantastic Memoir

    5
    By Baabaloo Zang
    A terrific look back at a memorable career told with his customary wit and self deprecation. Highly recommended.
  • Honest Bio

    4
    By Hayward777
    Woody Allen reveals himself for who he is. He is witty and socially awkward and talented and phobic. I liked him much more after reading this book. He did a very persuasive job to exonerate himself from false and distorted allegations. I am convinced he is an honest man, a little odd but honest. He was also gracious towards everyone he worked with and if he found fault he blamed himself.

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