Woody Allen walking his pet ant, 1964. Photo by Steve Schapiro.
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Film Review: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Dir. Woody Allen
Synopsis: Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
My Review: While this is another Manhattan based Woody Allen character comedy/drama filled with neurotic characters about love and relationships and life, it is also one his best. This marks the 8th Woody Allen film I’ve seen, I need to see more! Vicky Cristina Barcelona may still be my favourite but his best work is Annie Hall I believe. This film is delightful, sad, funny and one of his best works.
His characters seem to be more rounded than usual however. While it is the same old situations, there’s something underlying very delicate within this film. There’s pain underlying the jokes, the inevitability of death plays a theme as Woody’s character’s life has been changed after a cancer scare. The cast are fantastic; this is one of the greatest casts he has put together. I’m not sure if I did like the ending as it felt forced to be tied up too quickly but regardless this is a lovely film I would recommend to anybody who needs a “toned down” Woody Allen film. Also, I loved the naturalistic conversations between characters, as they talk over each other suggesting improvised performances. I also really felt for Mia Farrow’s gentle Hannah who gets cut down by her sister Holly who takes advantage of her financially and lied to by her adulterous husband.The scene where Allen and Diane Wiest’s Holly are laughing about their terrible first date in a record store is a beautiful romantic moment. Apparently Woody had a darker ending intended; I’d love to know what it was!
My rating: ★★★★☆
Woody and Diane :)
“I hope you’re getting this down”
Woody Allen’s typewriter, scissors, and staplers
Woody Allen bought his Olympia portable SM-3 typewriter when he was 16, and he’s used it to type every single thing he’s written since then. “It cost me $40. The guy told me it would be around long after my death.” When he needs to cut and paste, he cuts and staples.
Film Review: Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977)
Synopsis: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.
Would you believe I’ve never seen Annie Hall?! I really loved it, this another terrific 70’s film that hooked me in. I loved the 70’s bohemian fashion and style, the amazing dialogue and human characters and the whole quirkiness of this film. It actually reminded me of two of my favourite films about relationships; 500 Days of Summer (the quirky new york love story with a down on his luck main character) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (capturing moments in a relationship that are sad and beautiful).
Woody seems to make the same sort of films over and over I have to say but his films are always a pleasure to watch. He is the master of films about relationships! I recently saw Midnight in Paris and after 35 years, his style hasn’t changed and he is still quite heavy on dialogue and characters as opposed to action but this does not make his films any less enjoyable. I do agree somewhat with Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz however, when she says Woody is narcissistic towards women. The majority of his female characters are sometimes there simply to suggest women are annoying; much like Rachel Mcadams’ character in Midnight in Paris. However, not all of his female characters are annoying; sweet Annie Hall is much more likeable than Alvy Singer so there’s a lot of grey matter there in regards to gender politics within Woody ‘s films.
The only thing that keeps this film from me giving it 5 out of 5 is the exhausting character Alvy Singer himself. Towards the end of the film you really have had enough of his bullshit and his constant bullying of Annie. She is very right in the end when she tells him “you are unable to enjoy life”. Singer is a really negative character who’s cynicism, sarcasm and hypocrisy are all really unbearable at times but Woody does address this in the scene where Annie and Alvy meet up again in California. In this scene, empowered Annie sees Alvy for exactly who is. That’s not to say that I didn’t have moments where I really loved Alvy but in the end, he seemed to be a really sad character and you can’t help but wonder how he scores the beautiful women he does. But alas, this is a Woody Allen film! Diane Keaton was so beautiful and bubbly, I really enjoyed her Annie Hall. Here is the scene where Annie meets up with Alvy after a tennis match, it’s really adorable :)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 ****
Alvy: “This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.”
Woody Allen. Anybody know which one of his films this is?