A Companion to Woody Allen (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to

Edited by way of well known Allen specialists, A better half to Woody Allen provides a suite of 26 unique essays at the director’s motion pictures. Contributions supply a couple of divergent severe views whereas increasing the contexts within which his paintings is understood.
• A well timed better half via the authors of 2 of crucial books on Allen to date
• Illuminates the movies of Woody Allen from a couple of divergent severe perspectives
• Explores the contexts during which his paintings can be understood
• Assesses Allen’s striking filmmaking occupation from its early beginnings and investigates the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it
• Discusses Allen’s reputation as a world cinematic determine

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27. Robert Altman, “Introduction,” in Carver, 9. 28. Self, 257. 29. Altman, 8. 30. Carver, 93–121. 31. Roland Barthes, The Pleasures of the Text, trans. Richard Miller (New York: Hill and Wang, 1975). 32. Self, 245. 33. Self, 248. 34. Frederic Jameson, Signatures of the Visible (New York: Routledge, 1990), 2–4. 35. Short Cuts Soundtrack CD [1993] (Imago 72787–21014). 36. Claudia Gorbman, Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987), 73. 37. Cooper, 10. 38.

Annie Ross’s performance in Short Cuts is especially remarkable because she is an accomplished jazz singer playing a jazz singer 2. The Hypertext of Short Cuts (Gabbard) 29 not at all like herself. If nothing else, the real Annie Ross plays to more attentive audiences. When I saw her at Reno Sweeney’s in 1979, at the Village Vanguard in 1986, and at Danny’s Skylight Lounge in 2005, the audiences were under her spell, including those who had shown up primarily to hear someone who had written a song on a Joni Mitchell album.

In no way can we understand the singer to be the 2. The Hypertext of Short Cuts (Gabbard) 25 Robert Altman, center, directs one of the jazz sequences in Short Cuts as singer Annie Ross and an unidentified man look on. character we just saw at the end of the film. Annie Ross’s simultaneously diegetic and extradiegetic presence in Short Cuts is not unusual for a jazz artist in a Hollywood film. The same dual role was played by Louis Armstrong in High Society (1956) and by Hoagy Carmichael in Young Man With a Horn (1950).

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