Woody Allen (USA, b. 1935) has been a major comic director since the 1970s. Writer, director and actor, his self-portrayal as a neurotic, intellectual, sex-obsessed, Jewish New Yorker seeking comfort in psychoanalysis brought him immense popular success and acknowledged status as a writer (Manhattan, 1979; Deconstructing Harry, 1997).
In the 2000s he left New York to work in Europe, winning over a new audience with fresh inspiration and young actors, including Scarlett Johansson in Match Point (2005) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
About The Author
Florence Colombani is a writer, journalist and director. She regularly contributes to the art section of the French weekly Le Point. She has published Elia Kazan, une Amerique du chaos (2004) and Proust - Visconti, histoire d'une affinite elective (2006). She has also directed a full - length movie, L'Aetrangere (2007).
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