Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking
In his book Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking, Eric Lax demonstrates the process of making a film as much as it explores the scope of Allen’s career. For a Woody Allen fan, this book would be an in-depth look at the filmmaker’s process. For a non-Woody Allen fan, this book would detail the struggles, influences, and inspirations during the filmmaking process. The book acts almost like a peek into the industry rather than an exploration of Allen himself because Lax uses Allen as the medium for exploring filmmaking, from the money to the set to the script, by using Allen’s extensive career. Although the questionable background of Allen causes me to inquire whether I can separate vocational success from personal blights, the book is well put together and sticks to strictly professional insights, making the focus the movie-making industry. Lax’s only downfall is that through a breath of references, he makes the reader desire to pop popcorn and plug in one of the hundred movies mentioned. Also, the book serves to be read in several sittings. For someone who is intrigued by the film industry, the creative process, and the decisions that go into Hollywood flops and blockbusters, it would be a good read.