Biography of Woody AllenWoody Allen is a symbol of intellectual America, a Hollywood enfant terrible. Everyone knows him, but he is not close to everyone. The film director shocks and surprises, the audience laughs and cries over his pictures, each of which is a masterwork of cinematography.
ChildhoodOn December 1st, 1935, the first child was born into an ordinary Jewish family. Nettie and Martin Konigsberg named their son Allan Stewart, but the whole world knows him as Woody Allen.
The boy had a great sense of humor, he knew how to show tricks and was good at basketball. But he hated school with all his heart. The small, redhead and weedy four-eyes was a butt of jokes for his schoolfellows. After the birth of his sister, Konigsberg’s tiny apartment became even smaller, and the boy didn’t have a place where he could study.
First StepsAfter high school, Allen entered a university but instead of the Law Faculty, he chose a course of Motion Picture Production. His choice upset his father a lot. His expel from the university for bad grades upset his parents even more.
One day his friend suggested he to send a few of his stories to magazines, and publishers approved his works. Such popular magazines as Evergreen and The New Yorker published Woody’s stories. Shortly after, a brilliant style, irony, and sense of style brought Woody fame of a talented man of the pen.
Dreams Come TrueHe started his Hollywood heart-winning campaign in 1965 - he worked on the script for the film What’s New Pussycat?. Charles Feldman who didn’t really love the existing script invited him to work on the picture. Woody’s task was to edit it, add some sexual jokes and funny situations.
Enfant Terrible of the Tinsel TownFrom 1966 to 2014, the film director shot over 50 pictures - he wrote scripts and played in most of the films. An unlimited number of dissertations can be written about his contribution to world culture. Each his work is a captivating and multilayer masterwork for true intellectuals. Before Woody, intellectual comedies didn’t exist in cinematography. In fact, he is considered to be the founder of this genre. Before Allen appeared in cinematography, it was either intellectual or funny. But Woody found the way to combine humor, love, and lofty matters that have made him one of the greatest personalities in cinematography. Annie Hall released in 1977 is one of the most notable pictures created by Allen at the beginning of his film directing career. It was his sixth picture. Earlier Allen had shot such comedies as What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, Bananas and a few more films. However, it was Annie Hall that has become his calling card and his first intellectual comedy.
It is a story about a man who visits his university he was spectacularly expelled from, and now the university gives him an honorary degree. Harry is a writer; he is a successful and well-known man. But suddenly, ghosts of the past appeared before him revealing him and spectators all his phobias: fear of a woman, yearning for love and fear of death. The way Harry has chosen is a stitch that ties so-called never-yet seen nonlinear direction introduced by Allen. The film was created based on the collage principle which puzzles are pieces of hope of the main character. Judy Davis, Demi Moore, and Elisabeth Shue joined the film. Of course, Woody Allen portrayed Harry.
The film director is the main character in his films. If you look closer, behind those thick glasses that hide a daring man who ironically looks at the people around him, you will see a weak and even a little helpless man. Behind that sarcasm, he hides his fear of the future and desperately yearns for the past that has gone. Elegant stories consisting of woven together romantic, funny, and tragic moments of human life have become a distinctive feature of the master.
The film Celebrity with a young DiCaprio and well-known Joe Mantegna and Judy Davis has become another story about a failure who at the zenith of his fame couldn’t understand either he was a winner or a loser.
Match Point released in 2005 was neither a comedy nor a hymn to his favorite New York, nor his own life story. The released social detective with elements of psychodrama wasn’t one of those pictures the audience expected from Allen. The master shocked the audience once again by revealing the problems of society. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brian Cox played in the film and a young Scarlett Johansson got a chance to make a brilliant career.
Even though Allen’s characters face comical situations all the time, a spectator’s heart feels sadness after watching these films. It feels like aftertaste after having a glass of expensive wine. Such actors as Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, Colin Firth and Penélope Cruz who worked with the film director noted his nearly sacrificial dedication, as well as his kind and grateful attitude towards them.
In 2017, Allen finished working on the drama Wonder Wheel. Such actors as Kate Winslet, James Belushi, and an actor and singer Justin Timberlake joined the film. The film director’s favorite theme runs through the whole film. He returns to the past once again, but why? The whole world expects to see new works of the master to find out the answer to this question.
Private Life of Woody AllenIt would be natural to think that the film director who has won the hearts of the whole world by his sense of humor is a humorist and optimist. But that’s not true. It’s known that Woody is a neurotic who suffers from melancholia and hypochondria. Allen has many phobias, such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders and all kind of insects). The film director doesn’t eat fish because of fear of choking with a piece of bone and hates small tea-leaves in tea.
The film director was married a few times. In 1956, he married his first wife, Harlene Rosen. Their marriage lasted six years. After the divorce, the woman said that she had not expected Allen to be such a despotic and quarrelsome person. She sued Allen for moral damage caused by his behavior which cost him a tidy sum and she won it.
According to Zoomboola.com, his net worth approximately is $150 million.
A Dirty StoryIn 1992, Mia reported on sexual harassment of Soon-Yi and her another adoptee, Dylan, by Allen. Ronan supported his mother and refused to maintain relationships with Woody Allen after the trial. Despite his testimony, the court rejected all charges against Allen.
His faithful wife, Soon-Yi, spends all her time with Woody who turned 82 in 2017. Her love and support mean a lot to the film director who said the words of gratitude to his wife many times.