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Annie Hall (1977)

Director: Woody Allen     Starring: Diane Keaton
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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40095026
UPC: 027616655929
UPC 14: 00027616655929
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Winner of four Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, Annie Hall is Woody Allen's supreme masterpiece. Coming between such early, slapstick farces as Sleeper and Love and Death, and darker, more reflective comedies like Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters, this endearing semi-autobiographical film put Woody in the league with the best directors we have. Starring Allen as New York comedian Alvy Singer and Diane Keaton (in a Best Actress Oscar®-winning role) as Annie, the film weaves flashbacks, flash forwards, monologues, a parade of classic Allen one-liners, and even animation into an alternately uproarious and wistful comedy about a witty and wacky on-again, off-again romance.

"Woody Allen's narration is so straight and candid, it's funny. Allen and Diane Keaton turn in splendid performances.  At-A-Glance Film Reviews
"Woody Allen's best!  Los Angeles Times
"...puts Woody Allen in league with the best directors we have...  Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Editor's 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.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 110917
Video UPC UPC: 00027616655929
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Carol Kane
Video Cast Info Christopher Walken
Video Cast Info Colleen Dewhurst
Video Cast Info Diane Keaton
Video Cast Info Janet Margolin
Video Cast Info Paul Simon
Video Cast Info Shelley Duval
Video Cast Info Tony Roberts
Video Cast Info Woody Allen
Video Cast Info Woody Allen - Director
Video Cast Info Gordon Willis - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Charles H. Joffee - Producer
Video Cast Info Marshall Brickman - Writer
Video Cast Info Woody Allen - Writer
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1978)
Video Award Name Diane Keaton, Winner, Best Actress
Video Award Name Woody Allen, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Charles H. Joffe, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

British Academy Awards (1978)
Video Award Name Diane Keaton, Winner, Best Actress
Video Award Name Woody Allen, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Wendy Greene Bricmont, Ralph Rosenblum, Winner, Best Editing
Video Award Name Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman, Winner, Best Screenplay
   Video Award Name Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Actor

Golden Globe (1978)
Video Award Name Diane Keaton, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Director: Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Woody Allen, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman, Nominee, Best Screenplay: Motion Picture

Memorable Quotes

"Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love."|----Alvy Singer (Woody Allen)

"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)

"That was the most fun I've ever had without laughing."----Alvy to Annie

"La--de--da, la--de--da, la--de--da."----Annie

Professional Reviews

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

New York Times
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

Premiere
"Rightly regarded as Allen's masterpiece, the films bears an uncommon warmth as his films go..." 07/01/2006 p.108

Saturday Review 8 of 10
...[Woody Allen has] completed the journey from comic to humorist, fron comedy star to wit [and] from inventive moviemaker to creative artist.

Leonard Maltin's Movie And Video Guide 9 of 10
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.

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Allen,Woody
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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