Author(s): Jason Solomons
"In 2015, the world will be celebrating 50 years of Woody Allen's feature films. Since he first vented his neuroses in 1965, Woody Allen has enjoyed a career unlike any other writer or director in Hollywood. The impact of his comedy and his psychoanalysis of the modern world have been hugely influential and had a profound effect on popular culture ever since. Everybody has their favourite Woody movie; whether it's his early autobiographical work such as Annie Hall or Manhattan, or later less-introspective films such as Match Point or Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen has never failed to release a movie every year, on time and on budget. As Woody said about himself: The two biggest myths about me are that I'm an intellectual, because I wear these glasses, and that I'm an artist because my films lose money. As self-critical as ever - and with a new film due to be released in July 2015 and an Amazon-streamed TV series scheduled for autumn 2015 - Woody Allen remains a force to be reckoned with. Woody Allen: Film by Film is an insightful, entertaining and authoritative exploration into the mind of one of the world's most complex and neurotic movie-makers. The book explores themes, motifs and styles and breaks down Allen's films frame by frame to help understand the brilliant and comical mind of one of popular culture's best loved, and intelligent, worriers."--Edition Olms website.
Jason Solomons is one of the UK's best-known film critics. He is a regular critic on BBC News, Sky News and BBC Radio. He is the host of the Movie Talk interview series on Sky Arts and London Live TV channels and has presented his unique film slot on BBC London 94.9 radio every week for over 15 years. He is a regular host on red carpets, presenter of Virgin Atlantic's in-flight entertainment show and has covered every Cannes Film Festival since 1997, where he began his legendary Trailer Trash column for the Observer newspaper. In nearly 20 years covering movies, Jason has conducted interviews with some of the greatest names in cinema, including Nicole Kidman, Mike Leigh, Gary Oldman, Martin Scorsese and, of course, Woody Allen. Jason lives in north London with his wife and two children.