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Woody Allen

Woody Allen

American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician

ALLEN STEWART KONIGSBERG

Real name: Allen Stuart Konigsberg.

He was born on December 1, 1935, in New York City.

As a student at New York University he began writing sketches for television, nightclubs and magazines. In 1965 his first script, "What's New, Pussycat?" was accepted for production, and Allen himself got a small role in the film, which became a good advertisement for him.

In 1969, Allen made his screen debut as the director of the comedy "Take the Money and Run" and since then has appeared in films in three capacities as a writer, actor and director. Only on rare occasions Allen denies himself the pleasure of performing their own devised jokes.

Small height, red-haired, with a big nose and a face covered with freckles, Allen seems to have created by nature itself for the role of the clown, not immediately found his own performing manner. In the early films ("Bananas", 1970; "Play it again, Sam, 1971;" Sleeper ", 1973;" Love and Death ", 1975), he clearly imitated the Marx Brothers rough style. Intensity absurdity, sarcastic mockery of the audience, blatant courtship of the fair sex all came from an actor under their influence. Without much difficulty Woody managed to gain a reputation for witty mockery, brilliantly owning the secrets of the comedy genre. However, he has tried by all means to break free of the role of the joker, a chuckle, in a word, "non-serious man," and he succeeded.

In the movie "Annie Hall" (1977), "Manhattan" (1980), "Memories of stardust" (1980) came Woody Allen is no longer a comic, a dramatic and even sometimes tragic actor. The very performing manner has undergone a radical change. Satirical intonations were replaced by melancholic self-absorption. Divisive satire turned into a sad banter at himself, his weaknesses, inferiority, shortcomings. And while there are also many witty jokes and funny scenes in these pictures, a sense of bitterness and regret overpowers them. The time when Woody was a comedian, poking fun at witticisms, is gone. The only reminder of those days was the movie "Zelig" (1983), a true masterpiece Allen, director and actor. His exuberant imagination has created a fantastic image of a unique human individual, capable of effortlessly changing his appearance and easily get out of any situation. Woody came up with this image to show how dangerous conformism is to society, to the moral health of the nation.

As a protagonist of their own films, Allen did not refuse to shoot and other directors. His best work "stand-in" M. Ritta (1976), in which he played a little man, by fate involved in the story and got under its millstones. Howard Prince - the antipode of the actor′s lyrical hero, a thin, subject to doubt intellectual who looks at the world through the prism of irony. But this did not prevent Allen to be convincing and in the role of filist, who decided to make a small capital on the misfortune of others.

In recent years, Woody mostly plays small roles in his films ("Danny Rose of Broadway," 1984; "Crimes and Misdemeanors," 1989; "Shadows and Fog," 1991). He has changed much in appearance, has aged, lost his former vigor. The very performing manner" Allen became less garish, but more subtle and expressive, helping to create a touching in its defenselessness of the image of modern intellectuals. Especially stands out here, his short story in the movie "New York Stories" (1989), showing the unequal duel a timid bachelor Sheldon Miles with an authoritarian mother.

With all the passion given to film, Allen never forgot literature. He is the author of six humorous books.

В. Allen was married three times and had many love affairs. His alliance with Mia Farrow ended in a high-profile scandal after she accused Woody of having an intimate relationship with her adopted daughter, twenty-year-old Sun Yu Previn. Incidentally, shortly before that, Allen had directed the film Husbands and Wives (1992), in which his character has a love affair with a young college girl.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

Academy Award:

1977 - Best Director ("Annie Hall")

1977 - Best Screenplay ("Annie Hall")

1986 - Best Screenplay ("Hannah and Her Sisters")

2011 - Best Screenplay (Midnight in Paris)

Oscar Nominations:

1977 - Best Actor ("Annie Hall")

1978 - Best Director ("Interiors")

1978 - Best Screenplay (Interiors)

1979 - Best Screenplay (Manhattan)

1984 - Best Director (Broadway Danny Rose)

1984 - Best Screenplay (Broadway Danny Rose)

1985 - Best Screenplay (The Purple Rose of Cairo)

1986 - Best Director (Hannah and Her Sisters)

1987 - Best Screenplay (Radio Days)

1989 - Best Director (Crimes and Misdemeanours)

1989 - Best Screenplay (Crimes and Misdemeanours)

1990 - Best Screenplay (Alice)

1992 - Best Screenplay (Husbands and Wives)

1994 - Best Director (Bullets over Broadway)

1994 - Best Screenplay (Bullets over Broadway)

1995 - Best Screenplay (The Great Aphrodite)

1997 - Best Screenplay (Breaking Bad Harry)

2005 - Best Screenplay (Match Point)

2011 - Best Director (Midnight in Paris)

Golden Globe Award:

1985 - Best Screenwriter ("The Purple Rose of Cairo")

2011 - Best Screenplay (Midnight in Paris)

Golden Globe nominations:

1977 - Best Actor, Comedy/Musical ("Annie Hall")

1977 - Best Director (Annie Hall)

1977 - Best Screenwriter (Annie Hall)

1978 - Best Director (Interiors)

1978 - Best Screenplay (Interiors)

1983 - Best Actor, Comedy/Musical (Zelig)

1986 - Best Director (Hanna and Her Sisters)

1986 - Best Screenplay (Hannah and Her Sisters)

2005 - Best Director (Match Point)

2005 - Best Screenplay (Match Point)

2011 - Best Director (Midnight in Paris)

BAFTA Award:

1977 - Best Screenplay ("Annie Hall")

1977 - Best Director (Annie Hall)

1979 - Best Screenplay (Manhattan)

1984 - Best Screenplay (Broadway Danny Rose)

1985 - Best Screenplay (Purple Rose of Cairo)

1986 - Best Director (Hannah and Her Sisters)

1986 - Best Screenplay (Hannah and Her Sisters)

1992 - Best Screenplay (Husbands and Wives)

BAFTA Nomination:

1977 - Best Actor ("Annie Hall")

1979 - Best Actor (Manhattan)

1979 - Best Director (Manhattan)

1983 - Best Screenplay (Zelig)

1986 - Best Actor (Hannah and Her Sisters)

1987 - Best Screenplay (Radio Days)

1990 - Best Director (Crimes and Misdemeanours)

1990 - Best Screenplay (Crimes and Misdemeanors)

1995 - Best Screenplay (Bullets over Broadway)

2011 - Best Screenplay (Midnight in Paris)

2013 - Best Screenplay (Jasmine)

Directors Guild of America Award (1977):

Best Director ("Annie Hall")

Nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award:

1979 - Best Director ("Manhattan")

1986 - Best Director ("Hannah and Her Sisters")

1989 - Best Director ("Crimes and Misdemeanors")

Screenwriters Guild of America Award:

1977 - Best Original Screenplay, Comedy ("Annie Hall")

1986 - Best Original Screenplay ("Hannah and Her Sisters")

1986 - For Achievement in Career

1984 - Best Original Screenplay ("Danny Rose's Broadway")

1989 - Best Original Screenplay ("Crimes and Misdemeanors")

Saturn nomination:

1983 - Best Director ("Zelig")

1985 - Best Director ("The Purple Rose of Cairo")

1985 - Best Screenplay (The Purple Rose of Cairo)

2011 - Best Screenplay (Midnight in Paris)

Timeline

December 1, 1935
Woody Allen was born in Brooklyn.

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