Annie Hall

Directed By: Woody Allen Starring: Diane Keaton

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Still one of his best

by Film Lady on 6/14/2013

This was a fantastic movie. I've heard that Woody Allen does not cherish it as much as his others, because he thinks it's not serious enough. I disagree. Although it is a comedy, it highlights elements in a relationship that are quite serious.

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Woody allen'S semi-autobiographical love story.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40095026
UPC 027616655929
UPC 14 00027616655929
Format DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
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
Carol Kane - Actor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Colleen Dewhurst - Actor
Diane Keaton - Actor
Janet Margolin - Actor
Paul Simon - Actor
Shelley Duval - Actor
Tony Roberts - Actor
Woody Allen - Actor
Woody Allen - Director
Gordon Willis - Director of Photography
Charles H. Joffee - Producer
Marshall Brickman - Writer
Woody Allen - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 110917
UPC 00027616655929
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Oscar (1978) Diane Keaton, Winner, Best Actress,Woody Allen, Winner, Best Director,Charles H. Joffe, Winner, Best Picture,Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
British Academy Awards (1978) Diane Keaton, Winner, Best Actress,Woody Allen, Winner, Best Director,Wendy Greene Bricmont, Ralph Rosenblum, Winner, Best Editing,Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman, Winner, Best Screenplay,Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Actor
Golden Globe (1978) Diane Keaton, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Director: Motion Picture,Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman, Nominee, Best Screenplay: Motion Picture
ReviewSource Saturday Review
Review ...[Woody Allen has] completed the journey from comic to humorist, fron comedy star to wit [and] from inventive moviemaker to creative artist.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie And Video Guide
Review Woody's best film, an autobiographical love story with incisive Allenisms on romance, relationships, fame, N. Y. C. vs. L. A., and sundry other topics. Warm, witty, intelligent Oscar winner for Best Picture, Actress, Direction, Screenplay.
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, French, Spanish, Trivia, Production Notes, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Woody
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
At-A-Glance Film Reviews Woody Allen's narration is so straight and candid, it's funny. Allen and Diane Keaton turn in splendid performances.
Los Angeles Times Woody Allen's best!
Vincent Canby, The New York Times ...puts Woody Allen in league with the best directors we have...

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