10 Great Movies for Book Lovers

Deconstructing Harry

This 1997 comedy is one of Woody Allen’s darker pictures — it’s got an undeniable nasty streak, and some potentially troublesome attitudes about sex and male-female interactions. But it is also his most explicit examination of the creative process; the writer/director plays misogynist writer Harry Block, whose short stories are brought to life on-screen, and in contrast to the events in Harry’s own life that clearly (too clearly, for those involved) inspire them. The film’s closing scene (above), a wonderful fantasy sequence in which the writer comes face-to-face with his characters and tells them, “You’ve given me some of the happiest moments of my life. You’ve even saved my life at times,” speaks to the power of fiction in a way that both writers and avid readers can recognize, if not always articulate.