Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Annie Hall (1977)

Film: Annie Hall (48/250) 
Critics Poll: 127th 
Directors Poll: 132nd 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch 

Goddamn this is a great movie. It's probably Woody Allen's best, and that's saying something when it involves such a prolific director. This film is a must-see, it made Diane Keaton a fashion icon (and an unconventional role model to quirky girls everywhere), and its use of subtitles, flashbacks, animation, and fantasy sequences make it one-of-a-kind. It's a love letter to Diane Keaton, who's practically playing herself in all her suit-wearing, tennis-playing, photo-taking, lounge-singing, neurotic and beautiful glory. The supporting cast is a lot of fun too, with appearances by Tony Roberts, Christopher Walken, Carol Kane, Shelley Duvall, Paul Simon, and even Jeff Goldblum. I've seen this movie countless times and I still crack up at the same jokes, or sometimes different ones. Here, I'll let Annie Hall herself show why this film works so well:

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