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Author: Eric Lax Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9780525500513
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • [Start to Finish is] one of the most informative and entertaining accounts of the making of a movie that I’ve ever read. Joe Meyers, CT News
  • You don’t need to be a Woody Allen fan to enjoy this book. It’s a veritable master class in filmmaking, with much to interest and amuse anyone who loves movies. Peter Biskind, The New York Times Book Review
  • The book is a highly personal portrait of Allen—we see his insecurities, his vulnerabilities, and his dogged pursuit of a good story, be it for comedy or for deep examination of human morality—and the narrative is ripe with anecdotes and quotes. But the real achievement is seeing in detail the arc of any creative process. Allen fans will delight in spending time with him by proxy, and anyone interested in modern film should find much of interest in this well-reported study. Kirkus
  • Clear and entertaining… [Start to Finish] succeeds simultaneously as biographical snapshot, primer on filmmaking, and documentary of an artwork’s creation. Publishers Weekly
  • “You don’t need to be a Woody Allen fan to enjoy this book. It’s a veritable master class in filmmaking, with much to interest and amuse anyone who loves movies.”

    New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

Eric Lax is the author of Faith, Interrupted; Conversations with Woody Allen; Life and Death on 10 West, a New York Times Notable Book; The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004; and co-author of Bogart, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography. His biography Woody Allen was a New York Times and international bestseller and a Notable Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York Times Magazine. An officer of PEN International, he lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.