Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Film Studies

Reader 1

James Morrison

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While the magic and skepticism in Allen‟s films are equally contrasting and complementary of one another, they are important aspects of Allen‟s disposition and career, both of which would be incomplete without this balance. Magic and skepticism are complex and insightful themes Allen uses to understand how people function in everyday life when there are both fantastical and realistic elements involved. Writing and filmmaking represent more than just employment for Allen; they are an escape from reality, a mode of working through challenging ideas in his mind, and a way to create meaning for himself and his viewers, who have loyally supported him and engaged with his work for over six decades.

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