"When Woody Allen made a series of of public appearances before journalists in the wake of his scandalous separation from Mia Farrow, he acted in 'real life' exactly like neurotic and insecure male characters in his films. So should we conclude that 'he put himself in his films', the main male characters in his films are half-concealed self-portraits? No - the conclusion to be drawn is exactly the opposite: in 'real life' Woody Allen identified with and copied a certain model that he elaborates in his films - that is to say, it is 'real life' that imitates symbolic patterns expressed at their purest in art." Žižek, 2000

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