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Entertainment Review: Woody Allen's memoir 'Apropos of Nothing' is a shallow exercise in self-pity

06:55  26 march  2020
06:55  26 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Review : Woody Allen ' s memoir ' Apropos of Nothing ' is a shallow exercise in self - pity . When Hachette announced earlier this month that it would publish the 84-year-old filmmaker’ s memoir “ Apropos of Nothing ” (Arcade, 400 pp., ★ out of four), the publisher’ s employees staged a walkout in

Excerpts from Woody Allen ' s new memoir , “ Apropos of Nothing ,” which was released Monday after a delay because the original publisher backed I found it amusing in a sitcom sort of way that I was slipping into a relationship with a woman with seven children, but at that point it was nothing more

Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn are posing for a picture: US director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn pose as they arrive on May 11, 2016 for the screening of the film © ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images US director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn pose as they arrive on May 11, 2016 for the screening of the film "Cafe Society" during the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 551769689

As if coping with the ravages of a global pandemic hasn’t made life unpleasant enough, now we’ve all got to talk about Woody Allen. Again.

We were supposed to have been freed from this. When Hachette announced earlier this month that it would publish the 84-year-old filmmaker’s memoir “Apropos of Nothing” (Arcade, 400 pp., ★ out of four), the publisher’s employees staged a walkout in protest. Allen’s son, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who worked with Hachette on his most recent book, “Catch and Kill,” about his reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual assaults, criticized the publisher.

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Woody Allen ’ s movies have trickled off in quality over the years — I’ve liked only four of his last 20. So it’ s a wonderful surprise to run the eyes across his new autobiography, Apropos of Nothing , and discover that it ’ s an absolute delight, hilarious and endearing and glistening with stardust. He’ s had a

The pressure worked; the book was dropped.

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And while the internet fretted over whether Allen’s right to freedom of speech had been infringed upon, Arcade, an imprint of independent publisher Skyhorse, picked up the book and published it with no advance warning Monday.

So here we are, back in the discourse. The least Allen could do was spin us a good yarn for all that trouble. But the last good story Allen wrote was, if we’re being charitable, “Midnight in Paris,” and that was nearly a decade ago. “Apropos of Nothing” is 400 pages of feeling stuck sitting next to the world’s most tiresome dinner party guest, a long-winded old man rhapsodizing over his many sexual conquests, recounting in exhaustive detail every fancy meal he has ever eaten and name-dropping all the celebrities he has ever rubbed elbows with. There are some insights into his creative process, but none of them are deep – it’s largely reminisced hobnobbing and dalliances.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from Woody Allen ' s new memoir , “ Apropos of Nothing ,” which was released Monday after a delay because the original publisher After all, I had been a member in good standing of the creative community and was certain my predicament would infuriate my union brethren

The controversial film director’ s autobiography Apropos of Nothing had been dropped by its original publisher.

Until he gets to Mia Farrow and her daughters, Soon-Yi Previn and Dylan Farrow.

You know the story, but in brief: When Allen was 56, he was discovered to be having an affair with 21-year-old Previn (whom he'd known since she was a child) after long-term partner Mia found nude Polaroids of her in Allen’s home. Shortly thereafter, Allen was accused of molesting their 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan.

“I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her,” Allen writes. “It was a total fabrication from start to finish, every subatomic particle of it.” It was all, Allen argues, a fabrication meant to punish him for his affair with Previn. “Mia embarked on an Ahab-like quest for revenge."

Allen’s account paints Mia Farrow as an abusive, baby-crazed harridan who beat and brainwashed her many children. She’s not a loving mother looking to protect her brood, but a scorned woman seeking vengeance at all costs.

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Woody Allen ’ s memoir “ Apropos of Nothing ” dropped on Monday with little notice from a new publisher, Arcade Publishing. “The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life… ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater

Woody Allen ’ s controversial memoir has been released, weeks after it was pulped by its original publisher. Apropos of Nothing was printed "I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish," he writes.

Accusations and implications fly at breakneck pace: Allen suggests Mia Farrow was molested by her own family members growing up; that she helped drive two of her children to suicide; that she slept in the nude with Ronan until he was 11; that she purposefully left a daughter to die alone of AIDS in a hospital on Christmas morning; that she left Allen a Valentine’s Day card with a real kitchen knife stuck through its heart; that she might have inappropriately cozied up to the judge and prosecutor in the molestation case; and even, incredibly, that she coerced Ronan, after he graduated law school, into having his legs broken so he could surgically increase his height.

Allen accuses her of everything short of being the Zodiac Killer. But it all comes down to this: “As much as I nosed around trying to see if I could pick up on the darker side of Mia’s behavior, apart from her obsession with (Ronan) I never saw her beating anybody or throwing any fits.”

The only people who will know with 100% certainty what happened (or didn’t) in the Connecticut attic where Dylan says she was assaulted are Allen and Dylan. Allen was never found guilty of any crime, but that’s not the only metric by which you can judge a man.

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The way he talks about women is frequently repellent. His assistant principal was a “fatso.” “I Love Lucy” actress Vivian Vance was a “huge pain in the neck” and a “pill.” Child custody supervisors are “stupid” and “insipid martinets.” He describes women he dated as “delectable bohemian little kumquats.” Of second wife Louise Lasser, Allen writes, “She’d make a real effort to be the perfect girlfriend, but she never met a mattress she didn’t like and had a cottontail’s libido.”

The one relationship that seems as if it may have been healthy, with actress Diane Keaton, is swiftly spoiled when Allen reveals he slept with both her sisters. “The three Keaton sisters were all beautiful, wonderful women. Good genes in that family. Award-winning protoplasm. Great-looking mother.” Ew.

The rest is whinging self-pity. He repeatedly decries what he calls the “Appropriate Police.” He notes there’s a monument honoring him in Oviedo, Spain, “unless a hate-driven mob has pulled it over.” Near the end of the book, as he reflects on all the Hollywood elite who’ve distanced themselves, he writes, “I must say it was very amusing to view all of these people running helter-skelter to help a nutsy woman (Farrow) carry out a vengeful plan.”

"Apropos of Nothing" is devoid of introspection, feeling and accountability. It’s hard to reconcile how a man with enough romance to make “Annie Hall,” enough heart to make “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” enough humor to make “Bananas” and enough psychological insight to make “Crimes and Misdemeanors” can show so little of those same qualities in the pages of this book. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Review: Woody Allen's memoir 'Apropos of Nothing' is a shallow exercise in self-pity

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