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February 11, 2014

Lookback: Woody Allen's Pygmalion complex

From 2004, some thoughts on Woody Allen's fixations:

On the surface, Annie Hall purports to tell the tale of how his peculiarities alienate the woman he loves, but its true subject matter is how their relationship actually makes Diane Keaton a better person. I suppose this must have been the first on-screen manifestation of Allen's Pygmalion complex, which in Manhattan would explicitly reveal itself as an obsession with malleable young women. The trouble with such fixations, of course, is that even though the obsessed one grows inexorably older, the objects of his affection stay the same age--and we all know where that leads....

Read the whole thing here.

Posted February 11, 2014 10:00 AM

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