Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, and playwright, whose career spans over half a century. The best-known of his over 40 films include the Academy Award–winners Annie Hall (1977), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Midnight in Paris (2011).
With his jazz band (which is highlighted in “Wild Man Blues”), he plays Dixieland clarinet, and his movies are filled with that early style of jazz, along with ragtime, Gershwin, classical music, and show tunes.
While the Woody-Mia-Soon-Yi imbroglio became a classic public relations nightmare, the subsequent crisis of Allen's public image also provides insight into the nature, structure, and operations of the cinematic image. As in the case of other stars, Allen's image achieved a special form of aura unique to the structure and nature of film. This aura emanates from the complex interactions between documentary image and fiction in film performance.
"The heart wants what it wants." That now-famous line wasn't from one of director Woody Allen's movies, but rather was his defense for beginning a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the 22-year-old adopted daughter of his longtime girlfriend Mia Farrow, back in 1992.
A state attorney grievance board threw out Woody Allen's complaint against a prosecutor who told reporters in 1993 that he had evidence Allen had sexually abused his daughter but was choosing not to prosecute for the girl's sake.
So the message in Allen's films is not only that we need to distract ourselves from the awfulness of the truth, but, further (and pessimistically) that these individual projects, activities, relationships, and other concerns, which we pursue in order to give ourselves meaning and value, are ultimately doomed to failure.
Woody Allen identified with and copied a certain model that he elaborated in his movies - that is to say, it is 'real life' that imitates symbolic patterns expressed at their purest in art. This, then, is what Lacan means by the subject's decentrement, and it is not difficult to perceive the link between this decentred subject and the Kantian transcendental subject: the key feature that unites the two is that they are both empty, deprived of any substantial content.
Both academic and popular film criticism on Allen most often employs psychoanalytic theory, as his subject matter corresponds easily to the Freudian concepts of desire, repression, and anxiety and sexuality.
During his five-year tenure in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination, but like Mel Brooks, Allen found his writing career stifling, and he eventually decided to try his hand as a standup performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP.
Allen Stewart Konigsberg was born in 1935 in New York. He comes from a very solid jewish family from Brooklyn. In 1952 Woody Allen was born. Allen changed his name because he has decided to become a comedian. He thought that Konigsberg is to serious name as for a comedian.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Allen admitted to owning an iPhone, but only for making calls and listening to jazz records while traveling. He doesn't have a computer, he said, and he doesn't even use email -- ever.