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A cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film--from inception to premiere--and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema.

Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set--and even further behind the scenes--of Allen's Irrational Man, which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate details of Allen's filmmaking process, Lax shows us the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, the actors, cinematographers, other crew members, the editors, all engaged in their work. We hear Allen's colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his lifetime's work. An unprecedented revelation of one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the seeming magic of the artistic process.

Reviews

"A gem of a biography, smartly written, well-researched, exhibiting a generosity of spirit." -- San Francisco Chronicle "As smart and funny and touching and absolutely original as a Woody Allen movie." -- Cosmopolitan "Filled with intimate glimpses that should fascinate and delight [Woody Allen fans]." -- Molly Haskell, The New York Times Book Review "Required reading for Woodyphiles...the insights Lax provides into Allen's filmmaking technique are invaluable." -- Kansas City Star

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780385352499

    November 27, 2017

    Doubleday US

    352 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Paperback

    9780804170840

    September 15, 2018

    Vintage USA

    368 pages

    RRP $29.99

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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