Annie Hall (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Woody Allen Starring: Diane Keaton

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Product Overview


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 226734151
UPC 883904256427
UPC 14 00883904256427
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/1/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Often considered the crown jewel in a highly acclaimed and prolific film career, ANNIE HALL is Woody Allen's only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This recognition, however, is not what makes the film significant. ANNIE HALL marks the beginning of the second phase of Allen's career as a filmmaker, abandoning the slapstick of SLEEPER and BANANAS for more thoughtful comedies (and eventually dramas) that explored human relationships and psychology. Allen's capacity as a creative filmmaker had also grown with the film, as he utilized creative subtitles, split screens, and animation, as well as evincing a sophisticated understanding of the potential of editing and camera movement for comic effect--consider the cutaway to Allen's character Alvy Singer, as seen through the eyes of "Grammy Hall" during the dinner sequence, or shortly afterward the slow pan to Alvy in the passenger seat of a car driven by Annie's unhinged brother Duane. ^The film is a brutally honest assessment of the prospects of a relationship between two very different people. Allen's Alvy is (like the filmmaker himself) an introverted, neurotic intellectual and a complete mismatch for Diane Keaton's vivacious, flaky Annie Hall. Although the romance is undoubtedly the center of the film, it affords Allen the opportunity to contrast his beloved New York culture with that of the Midwest, where Annie comes from, and Los Angeles, which tempts Annie with the possibility of fame and success as a singer. The city of New York itself plays an important part for the first time in an Allen film, with a great deal of location shooting that serves to highlight the city's character and atmosphere. Finally, the many comedic cameos peppered through the film--from Truman Capote to Paul Simon to media theorist Marshall McLuhan--pay tribute to the deserved reputation that Allen had gained for himself.
Plot Summary
Summary Woody Allen's breakthrough comedy is a constant joy to watch. Allen plays Alvy Singer, a New York-centric comedian who cannot get any pleasure out of life. He is obsessed with death and thinks that there are only two types of people in the world: the horrible and the miserable. Into his world comes midwestern flake Annie Hall, played fabulously by Diane Keaton. As they fall in love, she begins to outgrow him emotionally, resulting in a hysterical yet ultimately bittersweet romantic comedy.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love."|--Alvy Singer (Woody Allen)
Quote "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know, it has to constantly move forward or it dies. I think what we have on our hands is a dead shark." --Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) to Annie Hall (Diane Keaton)
Quote "That was the most fun I've ever had without laughing."--Alvy to Annie
Quote "La-de-da, la-de-da, la-de-da."--Annie
New York Times "...Funny and sorrowful....[ANNIE HALL] puts Woody Allen in the league with the best directors we have." 04/21/1977 p.C22,Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977" 12/25/1977 p.II:1
Sight and Sound "...ANNIE HALL and MANHATTAN remain cast-iron classics..." 02/01/2001 p.58
Total Film "...A typically Woody Allen love story....ANNIE HALL proves that, when he's at his best, there's really no one to match him..." 09/01/2000 p.99
Entertainment Weekly "...A deft blend of bittersweet romance, neuroses, Diane Keaton and out-and-out silliness..." 01/11/2002 p.36
Premiere "As writer, director, and star, Allen pulled off one of the cinema's greatest hat tricks..." 12/01/2003 p.12,"Rightly regarded as Allen's masterpiece, the films bears an uncommon warmth as his films go..." 07/01/2006 p.108
Woody Allen
Diane Keaton
Cast & Crew
Shelley Duvall - Star
Tracey Walter - Star
Carol Kane - Star
Tony Roberts - Star
Woody Allen - Star
Paul Simon - Star
Diane Keaton - Star
Ralph Rosenblum - Editor
Gordon Willis - Cinematographer
Marilyn Putnam - Costume Designer
Ruth Morley - Costume Designer
Marshall Brickman - Writer
Ralph Lauren - Costume Designer
Nancy McArdle - Costume Designer
George Newman - Costume Designer
Charles H. Joffe - Producer
Woody Allen - Writer
Robert Drumheller - Set Designer
Wendy Greene Bricmont - Editor
Mel Bourne - Production Designer
Woody Allen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
UPC 00883904256427
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Name Woody Allen
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1977
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Woody Allen
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1977
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Diane Keaton
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1977
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Marshall Brickman
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1977
Award Giver Academy Awards
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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