Conversations with Woody Allen

“This book, however, is an album assembled over half of Woody Allen’s life, beginning in 1971, and like time-lapse photography, it offers a clear view of his transformation from novice to one of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, and what he learned along the way.”


“I was new to journalism and nervous about meeting someone whose work I admired. We shook hands, said hello, settled into the admired. We shook hands, said hello, settled into the seats, and I asked my questions like someone reading off a checklist. His answers were succinct. His shortest was “No,” which would not have been so bad had any of his longest been more expressive than “Yes.”


“In journalism as in comedy, timing is all.”


“Allan Stewart Konigsberg, born on December 1, 1935, and raised in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, became Woody Allen in the spring of 1952 when the gossip columnists at several New York newspapers started to use jokes and one-liners he sent in.”


Conversations withWoody Allen collects in thirty-six years of interviews the thoughts and ideas, dreams and aspirations, and especially the moviemaking, of a young Woody Allen grew up alongside the journalist Eric Lax.

The book is divided into 6 chapters, each devoted to one aspect of the moviemaking: the idea; writing it; casting, actors and acting; shooting, sets and locations; directing; editing; scoring + a final, seventh chapter, dedicated to the career of Woody Allen.


“November 2005-november 2006”

EL: This will be your third summer in a row in London. Does it feel like going home?

WA:  […] And I’m going to the best weather that I could hope to shoot in, the summer—gray and cool.