enough about woody

never saw jonathan rosenbaum’s devaluing of woody allen’s film work til he posted a reprint of it today, but it’s a trenchant piece i think

though i have even less affection for jerry lewis, whom he uses to highlight the points of his analysis.

Most often these borrowings, when they’re noticed, are rationalized in the press as “homages”; yet arguably they reveal the same sort of aesthetic immaturity that a beginning writer shows by imitating, say, Hemingway or Faulkner. Imitation can be a sincere form of flattery, and there’s no doubting the sincerity of Allen’s Bergman and Fellini worship. But beyond a certain point there’s a question of whether this kind of emulation is being used as a tool for fresh discoveries or as an expedient substitute for such discoveries — a shield labeled “Art” that’s intended to intimidate nonbelievers.


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