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Annie Hall (1977) PG 93min

October 19th, 2007 by Maxim · No Comments · 5,144 Views

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4/5

Annie Hall (1977)

Once again I enjoyed this old classic.

[Young] Woody Allen directed and wrote this film together with Marshall Brickman (The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, Manhattan, The Manhattan Project, Manhattan Murder Mystery etc – all co-written with Woody Allen) and the writing is brilliant down to every detail and joke. Every word has a meaning. Every line is a punch line. As in films like Starsky and Hutch it’s like being transported back in time and immersed in 70s with all the talk about politics, religion, music and drugs.

As always, Woody Allen plays a neurotic introverted comedian, a Jew from New York who (literally) grew up under the Coney Island roller coaster. In this film his character falls in love with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) – a complete opposite of him - beautiful aspiring singer, an extrovert, she knows what she wants and radiates self-confidence. But after she meets Woody Allen’s character she too begins to see a shrink.

I loved that characters address the audience to keep them involved and engaged and help them connect with characters on a more personal level – a method that reminded me first and foremost of 1989 When Harry Met Sally… – the tempo of the movie, the speech patterns – huge similarities. The direction is lively. I loved the animated sequences – reminded me of Monty Python’s. Some great scenes including scene in line for the movie theatre, lobster cooking and chasing a spider in the bathroom.

I am not a big fan of Diane Keaton, but I and my wife enjoyed “Baby Boom“.

I thought Woody Allen was just over the top neurotic – it’s distracting. His humor is an acquired taste, but mostly worked for me on “funny because it’s true” principle.

A charming, clever and though-provoking movie that beaten Star Wars at the 1977 Oscars for best film. Not very exciting or gripping, even boring at times, but enjoyable.

p.s.

My favorite Woody Allen script is actually Small Time Crooks.

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Rated 4/5 on Oct 19 2007
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