Jan 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

CT 3211 - The Films of Woody Allen

From joke writer for television stars and newspaper columnists to stand-up comic, to playwright, to ground-breaking film director, Woody Allen has consistently recreated the borders of American humor. A self-defined social misfit, his special brand of cynical parody and devastating understatement has developed into a level of absurdist theater that ranks with the best observers of social manners. His films, typically disjointed, contain a great many moments of comic brilliance, encompassing Jewish humor, jokes turned on himself and an endless parade spoofing filmmakers, authors,and philosophers. We will study four Woody Allen films, showcasing what makes his comedy so unexpected, so unsettling. We will analyze why he is one of the very few American directors who can be counted on to make an interesting film every time.