Biography of Woody Allen (1935-VVVV)

Woody Allen.

Director, screenwriter and film actor, writer and musician, real name Allen Stewart Konigsberg.

He was born in New York (United States) on December 1, 1935. Although of European descent, his parents, Martin Konigsberg and Nettie Cherry, were born in Manhattan, New York, and after were part of other neighborhoods and houses in the town, living with much of his family. This social trait of the family, as well as his Jewish ancestry and the circles and environments surrounding children of Allen, are images and situations that years later recover to develop much of his artistic career.

The image of the city was recorded when six years old his father led him first to walk along the streets. He/She studied at the 99 public school, and secondary, at Midwood High School. In November 1952 began to be called Woody Allen moment that sent his jokes to the Mirror and the New York Post. The following year he/she began working as writer of jokes, in the office of David Alber, a publicist at the time that he/she enrolled in the University of New York, without success, and worked sporadically on the radio. In 1955 he/she entered the program of young writers who launched NBC and worked intensely for several years for various television shows, some of the most famous of the fifty The Colgate Variety Hour (1956), Chewy Show (1958), etc.

With a name and a reputation in the profession, he/she decided to make their way alone as a humorist. His tours were well known and famous in the early 1960s, epoch in which did not care serve as a decoy on hidden camera as Candid Camera (1963) television programs.

Woody Allen entered the world of cinema when the actor and producer Charles K. Feldman hired you to write a script that he/she would interpret. The story what such, Pussycat? It was a great success. Starting from this release, Woody Allen became a prolific writer, director, writer and musician. His comic texts and articles published appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New York Times and The Saturday Evening Post, among others, texts that years later collected in several books (as end once and for all with the culture, 1966;) Without feathers, 1972; Profiles, 1975), while he/she wrote several theatre plays (you do not drink the water, 1966;) Play It Again Sam, 1969; The Floating Lightbulb, 1981).

The personal and creative universe of Allen is influenced by the magic of film printed in its infancy (snow white, Pinocchio), in his youth (Bergman), for the world of radio, of Bob Hope specials on television, his philosophical and literary readings, visits to a psychiatrist on the recommendation of their university professors... The life of Woody Allen will gradually be transformed into cinematic stories that flow with solid human comedy God, death, life, beauty, the mind of man, nature and the existence in all its earthly dimension.

Woody Allen is shown in an autobiographical manner virtually from their first title, what such, Pussycat?. His career confirms their prolific creativity, full of emotions, feelings, visions of the life that knows how to give a touch ironic, satirical or metaphorical.

In his early films he/she plays marginal, insecure and confused, characters living strange situations, both trapped by the charm of the "American dream", as in extreme situations - any war in any country in the world, which, however, knows how to use to record their reflections. Anecdotes, however, built the corpus of his work. They are the unique moments that keeps the viewer with the passage of the years: in takes the money and runs takes the glass from the window of a jewelry store that was to dock; everything you always wanted to know... the psychiatrist (Gene Wilder) falls in love with a sheep; in dreams of a seducer, is identified with Humphrey Bogart with the desire to hide his own insecurity (from another approach headed later the Purple Rose of Cairo).

The work of Allen could have, all of it, as the subtitle "in search of the girl I love", as every one of his movies revolves around that idea, adorned with other suggestions, perhaps more human, which help you to develop the figure of the actor-personaje.

In the mid-1970s he/she began working in a more personal line, with a tilt toward the tragicomedy, where the stage of his life - New York - is always present or is about to go into the depths of his spirit, an image full of complexes that prevent you from progressing in its relations with the opposite sex. So as Annie Hall, Manhattan and memories emerge. Allen has to live tied to their past and their experiences and personal beliefs to be able to illuminate new stories. However, his admiration, respect and criticism of literature and European cinema in general takes you to make a series of films which identifies Leon Tolstoy (the last night of Boris Grushenko), William Shakespeare (a Midsummer night's sex comedy), German Expressionism (shadows and fog) and the work of other directors like Bergman (interiors(, Sex comedy...), Fellini (memories, Alice) and European cinema in general.

If your life is quite a spectacle, perhaps Allen was heavily influenced by those Marathon tours made in his youth as a humorist. This environment, from different angles, addressed it in works like Broadway Danny Rose, Radio days, bullets over Broadway and everyone says I Love You, which is reminiscent of artistic agents of Broadway, the social impact of the 1940s radio, 1920s and great cinematic musical theater.

In general, the work of director Woody Allen should be noted, along with the content of their stories, which has been maintained over many decades faithful to a line of work and production which made profitable movies. This is why, since 1980, practically has directed a film a year, unless the viewer has abandoned him.

Movie that took three more statuettes was nominated six times for the Oscar for best director, prize won by Annie Hall. The rest of its films nominated only Hannah and her sisters (with three awards), bullets over Broadway (with one) and powerful Aphrodite (with one) were evaluated by the Academy.

His 65 birthday premiered in Europe rogues of middling, movie number 40 of his filmography and, a year later, presented the curse of the jade Scorpion. In 2002, elected the 55th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival for his new job, Hollywood ending. That same year, his creative talent and his acute critical sense were recognized with the Prince of Asturias arts prize. Oviedo, also expressed his admiration for the artist giving a statue in the heart of the city, work of Vicente Santaura.

Woody Allen has been romantically linked to Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow, CoStar with him in several of his films. In the early 1990s it became mired in problems with the courts by his relationship with the young Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow. In December 1997, (aged sixty-two) Woody Allen and Soon-Yi (27) got married in Venice (Italy).

In August 2004 the San Sebastián Film Festival awarded the Donostia Prize to his entire career, award which, contrary to what is usual in the genial New Yorker, accepted willingly. Spain is a much-loved country for the filmmaker. Thus, Allen attended the opening ceremony of the fair on September 17, where he/she received the prize from the hands of Pedro Almodóvar.

Also in September 2004 Oscar Font, a renowned trombonist, edited the book Woody Allen & Jazz. The passion of the genre in which tells the fascination of New York director by the jazz in the first decades of the 20th century. This music, which is present in most of his films, has accompanied him throughout his career. In fact, plays usually the clarinet in the New Orleans Jazz Band, reason why on more than one occasion has resigned to attend the Oscar ceremony.

Their latest productions, with majority of roles for women protagonists, have featured actresses (some of them very young) the likes of Tea Leoni in a finish Made in Hollywood (2002); Cristina Ricci in everything else (2003); Radha Mitchell in Melinda and Melinda (2004); and Scarlett Johansson in Match Point (2005). This last film, shot in England, was nominated for the Oscar for his original screenplay, and was awarded a Goya Award for best European film and an Adircae Award for best foreign film (2006).

In June 2007 was invested doctor honoris causa by the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (UPF). During the ceremony was accompanied by his wife, Soon Yi, and in his speech said to feel "like a European film director and I am also a product of the University. I'm fulfilling a dream". In October 2008, the international week of cinema-Valladolid (Seminci) handed the Honor pin of the festival.

In the summer of 2007 the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, shot in Barcelona, Oviedo, Avilés and La Felguera, starring actors of the stature of Scartell Johansson, Penélope Cruz (role of the Óscar earned the best supporting actress) and Javier Bardem. The director of photography was Javier Aguirresarobe, winner of numerous goyas. In 2009, Vicky Cristina Barcelona was awarded the Golden Globe for best film.

His following work was if the thing works (2009), will meet the man of your dreams (2010) and midnight in Paris (2010), the latter a success of public and critics. In 2011 he/she recorded at Rome Bop Decameron, with Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni and Penélope Cruz.

In 2010, Woody Allen won Mr. World Peace for their enormous contribution to the cinema, theatre and comedy.


As an actor:

1965: What such, Pussycat? 1967: casino Royale. 1972: Dreams of a seducer. 1976: The lid. 1991: Scenes in a gallery.


1978: Interior. 1985: The Purple Rose of the Cairo.1998: Celebrity.1999: Sweet and lowdown (chords and disagreements). 2004: Melinda and Melinda.2005: Match point.2007: the dream of Cassandra; The inquebrantables.2008: Vicky Cristina Barcelona.2009: If funciona.2010 thing: will meet the man of your suenos.2011: midnight in Paris.

Director and actor:

1967: The number one. 1969: Take the money and run. 1971: Bananas. 1972: Everything you always wanted to know about sex and never dared to ask. 1973: Dozer. 1975: The last night of Boris Grushenko. 1977: Annie Hall. 1979: Manhattan.1980: Recuerdos.1982: a Midsummer night's sex comedy. 1983: Zelig.1984: Broadway Danny Rose. 1986: Hannah and her sisters. 1987: September; Radio days. 1988: Another woman. 1989: Repressed Oedipus (New York stories episode); Crimes and misdemeanors. 1990: Alice.1992: husbands and women; Shadows and fog. 1993: Manhattan murder mystery. 1994: Bullets on Boadway. 1995: mighty Aphrodite. 1996: Everyone says I Love You. 1997: Deconstructing Harry. 2000: Rogues of medium hair. 2001: The curse of the Scorpion's jade.2002: Hollywood ending. 2003: All the demas.2004: Melinda and Melinda.2005: Match point.2006: Scoop.

Documentaries on the director:

1978: Woody Allen: An American Comedy. 1980: Woody Allen from Europe with love. 1997: Wild Man Blues.


ALLEN, Woody: How to break once and for all with the culture. Barcelona: Tusquets, 1974.

ALLEN, Woody: Without feathers. Barcelona: Tusquets, 1976.

ALLEN, Woody: profiles. Barcelona: Tusquets, 1980.

ALLEN, Woody: Crimes and misdemeanors. Barcelona: Tusquets, 1992.

ALLEN, Woody: Husbands and women. Barcelona: Tusquets, 1993.

BJORMAN, Stig: Woody by Allen. Madrid: Plot, 1995.

BRODE, Douglas: The films of Woody Allen. Barcelona: Odin, 1993.

LAX, Eric: Woody Allen. Barcelona: Ediciones B, 1994.

McCANN, Graham: Woody Allen. The genius of a foot. Madrid: Espasa Calpe, 1990.

SHUNSHINE, Linda: Woody Allen in images and words. Barcelona: Ediciones B, 1993.