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Alumnus Lax’s new Woody Allen book out

“Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking,” by Eric Lax '66, L.H.D. '93, was recently published by Knopf.

Lax is the author of a best-selling biography of Allen — the most informative, revealing and entertaining conversations from more than 35 years of interviewing the great comedian and filmmaker.

Allen has been talking regularly and candidly with Lax, and has given him singular and unfettered access to his film sets, his editing room, and his thoughts and observations. In discussions that begin in 1971 and continue into 2007, Allen discusses every facet of moviemaking through the prism of his own films and the work of directors he admires.

In doing so, he reveals an artist’s development over the course of his career to date, from joke writer to standup comedian to world-acclaimed filmmaker. Allen talks about the seeds of his ideas and the writing of his screenplays; about casting and acting, shooting and directing, editing and scoring.

Lax, an English major at HWS and a member of the swim team, St. John's Guild, and the Herald and Echo and Pine staffs, is the author of “On Being Funny: Woody Allen and Comedy,” “Life and Death on 10 West,” and “The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat,” and co-author with A. M. Sperber of “Bogart.” His articles have appeared in numerous magazines including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and the others. An officer of International PEN, he lives with his wife and their two sons in Los Angeles.

Copies are now available at the College Store.