Deconstructing Harry Reviews
What is amazing in this film is how the whole cast tries so much to live up to the director's expectations, while he is obviously indifferent on how his on screen persona tears everything up. Woody Allen enjoys deconcstructing himself, when everyone around him doesn't, and this is so obvious that you want to scream to him: "get ouf of the fucking film, already- aren't there actors out there who would be so much better in playing you?".
I can't really, for the life of me, understand why he hasn't stuck to writing scripts, which is his actual talent.
"A character who is too neurotic to function in real life so must function in his art. His writing in more ways than one, saved his life."
Yes, Allen's greatest hero was Bergman so this is clearly a modern day american parallel to Wild Strawberries. Except of course, unlike Bergman's lead man Allen is far from humble. In fact, Allen is the protype of the post-modern man Bergman poses as the future of the west.
Deconstructing Harry is a writer's look at his past and how his writing led him to go astray. the scene with Robin Williams as an 'out-of-focus' person who requires the world to look at him with glasses is the ultimate parable of Allen's film style. Sex is the forefront of Allen movies and his guilt/repression/penis issues are what drives his films. Deconstruction was big in the 90's, when this film was made, and it really is a philosophical experiment in 'what if', easy to overlook.
Harry Block: Not only do I know that we lost 6 million, but the scary thing is that records are made to be broken."
Harry Block is a very cynical and jaded New York writer who has had a long and well received career as a writer of novels, many based on lightly veiled versions of his own life. Harry is going downhill fast, having alienated almost everyone he knows, by airing their dirty laundry in his books. Now he's a pill popping alcoholic, who has run out of things to say. He pretty much spends his time seeing his shrink, drinking, taking various prescription medications, and hanging out with hookers. Woody Allen is not the most ready figure that comes to mind when you think of prominent directors of fantastic cinema. The good news about Deconstructing Harry is that it is Woody Allen back on form and even returning somewhat to the heyday of still unsurpassed masterpiece Annie Hall to wind the old Allen neuroses into a kind of grandly existential self-inquisitorial on-screen psychodrama.