Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977 Originally Written 5/22/06 My first Woody Allen, really enjoyable. He showed great balls in the writing and directing of this movie in my opinion. I loved things such as Allen's character taking brutually candid relationship advice from random people in the street as if they were his best friends, and characters weaving in and out of their childhood's while remaining in their adult forms. His fantastic experimentation with breaking of the narrative and character's dialouge to one another was expertly disguised in a nice little romantic comedy, but these aspects of the film show evidence of genius directorial mind to me. Great characters as well, especially Diane Keaton who I liked here more than in any of the Godfather films. Seems as though High Fidelity was highly, highly influenced by this film. And to address the great debate, I do believe that this film deserved the 1978 Best Picture Oscar over Star Wars.
Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977 USAA comedian has marital problems in New York because of his unwillingness to change.The first of Allen's semi-serious comedies, and the one which took him to stardom; it is the finest and most obvious example of Allen the avant-garde, experimental filmmaker he is often overlooked to be. Not only is it personal and ambitious - it apparently mirrors his and Keaton's own marital problems at the time - but uses a variety of techniques to hilarious effect (Chris Walken's cameo and subsequent cut to a rainy drive at night); poignant effect (narrative repetition, with lobsters, Keaton and laughter, and lobsters, Shelley Duvall and grossing out); emotionally complex effect (split-screens at dinner); and, in being influenced heavily by a nostalgic Bergman (Allen re-enacting his childhood like Victor Sjöström in Wild Strawberries), it was in turn immensely influential.
Post by Mike Sullivan on Sept 16, 2007 22:31:43 GMT
Perhaps Woody Allen's finest film besides "Manhattan" or "Crimes and Misdeminors", it's the greatest look at a relationship; the absurdities and intimacy and the things we do in the name of love. It's also a great look at a man who is pretty much incapable of being happy; a look at the neurotics and habits that drive us apart. It's hilarious, poignant and like any great Woody Allen film, a heartfelt look at life.