Annie Hall

Annie Hall

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Cast: Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

     
 

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Woody Allen's romantic comedy of the Me Decade follows the up and down relationship of two mismatched New York neurotics. Jewish comedy writer Alvy Singer (Allen) ponders the modern quest for love and his past romance with tightly-wound WASP singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton, née Diane Hall). The twice-divorced Alvy knows that it's not easy to find a mate when the… See more details below

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Overview

Woody Allen's romantic comedy of the Me Decade follows the up and down relationship of two mismatched New York neurotics. Jewish comedy writer Alvy Singer (Allen) ponders the modern quest for love and his past romance with tightly-wound WASP singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton, née Diane Hall). The twice-divorced Alvy knows that it's not easy to find a mate when the options include pretentious New York intellectuals and lifestyle-obsessed Rolling Stone writers, but la-di-dah-ing Annie seems different. Along the rocky road of their coupling, Allen/Alvy weigh in on such topics as endless therapy, movies vs. TV, the absurdity of dating rituals, anti-Semitism, drugs, and, in one of the best set pieces, repressed Midwestern WASP insanity vs. crazy Brooklyn Jewish boisterousness. Annie wants to move to Los Angeles to find that fame that finally does in the relationship -- but not before Alvy gets in a few digs at vacuous, mantra-fixated California. Originally entitled Anhedonia (the inability to enjoy oneself), Annie Hall blended the slapstick and fantasy from such earlier Allen films as Sleeper (1973) and Bananas (1971) with the more autobiographical musings of his stand-up and written comedy, using an array of such movie techniques as talking heads, splitscreens, and subtitles. Within these gleeful formal experiments and sight gags, Allen and co-writer Marshall Brickman skewered 1970s solipsism, reversing the happy marriage of opposites found in classic screwball comedies. Hailed as Allen's most mature and personal film, Annie Hall beat out Star Wars for Best Picture and also won Oscars for Allen as director and writer and for Keaton as Best Actress; audiences enthusiastically responded to Allen's take on contemporary love and turned Keaton's rumpled menswear into a fashion trend.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rachel Saltz
Perhaps the most successful and satisfying of all modern romantic comedies, Annie Hall is also the definitive Woody Allen movie. Here, more than in any other work, Allen maps out the territory -- the persona, romantic obsessions, and city (New York) -- that he has claimed as his own. He seems to be inventing, as we watch, a new movie language to better chart the peaks and pitfalls of contemporary romance. Diane Keaton's sweetly spacey Annie, the first and best in a long line of Allen's neurotic shiksas, won the actress an Academy Award and jump-started her career (and a fashion trend). Keaton is joined by an amazing cast that includes Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, and Christopher Walken (particularly funny as Annie's intense brother). The movie also garnered Best Picture honors, as well as two Oscars for Allen, Best Director and, with Marshall Brickman, Best Screenplay -- a rare sweep for a comedy and richly deserved.
All Movie Guide
One of the greatest pleasures of Woody Allen's early work is his ability to skewer himself while skewering the conventions of the comedy genre. Annie Hall is perhaps the best example of this: a blend of slapstick, fantasy, and bittersweet romantic comedy, it is not so much about two people falling in love as about two brains trying to negotiate a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. The neurotic, self-obsessed commentary on display in Annie Hall is pointed but relatively gentle, free of the bitterness that sometimes marked Allen's later work. The film is a series of insightful musings that leave the viewer feeling strangely optimistic--or at least very amused--about human nature. Much of this is due to Alvy and Annie themselves--unlike the oddly but perfectly matched couples fated to walk off into the sunset in the majority of romantic comedies, Alvy and Annie are consigned to further introspection, obsessive analysis, and bittersweet reflection. Part of the appeal of Annie Hall is that there are no pat answers: in watching the struggles of the characters, we see a reflection of our own struggles, without the condescending message that everything will be fine in the end. Annie Hall elevated Allen to the forefront of contemporary filmmakers, promoting him from a comedian who happened to make films to a comic filmmaker. The film also set a new standard for romantic comedies, its name alone becoming synonymous with the sub-genre of the intelligent, New York-based romantic comedy. On a less far-reaching scale, it also launched a fashion trend, with Diane Keaton's baggy menswear providing a welcome alternative to polyester pantsuits and flared trousers, anticipating the craze for androgynous clothing by almost twenty years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
UPC:
0883904256427
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
7,487

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Alvy Singer
Diane Keaton Annie Hall
Tony Roberts Rob
Carol Kane Allison
Paul Simon Tony Lacey
Colleen Dewhurst Mom Hall
Janet Margolin Robin
Shelley Duvall Pam
Christopher Walken Duane Hall
Donald Symington Dad Hall
Mordecai Lawner Alvy's Dad
Joan Newman Alvy's Mom
Jonathan Munk Alvy at 9
Ruth Volner Alvy's Aunt
Martin Rosenblatt Alvy's Uncle
Laurie Bird Tony Lacey's Girl Friend
Stanley de Santis Actor
James MacKrell Actor
Albert M. Ottenheimer Actor
Helen Ludlam Grammy Hall
Hy Ansel Joey Nichols
Rashel Novikoff Aunt Tessie
Russell Horton Man in Theater Line
Christine Jones Dorrie
Mary Boylan Miss Reed
John Doumanian Coke Fiend
Bob Maroff Man #1 Outside Theatre
Rick Petrucelli Man outside Theater
Chris Gampel Doctor
Dick Cavett Himself
Mark Lenard Navy Officer
John Glover Actor Boy Friend
Bernie Styles Comic's Agent
Johnny Haymer Comic
John Dennis Johnston L.A. Policeman
Jeff Goldblum Lacey Party Guest
William Callaway Lacey Party Guest
Roger Newman Lacey Party Guest
Alan Landers Lacey Party Guest
Vince O'Brien Hotel Doctor
Humphrey Davis Alvy's Psychiatrist
Veronica Radburn Annie's Psychiatrist
Charles Levin Actor in Rehearsal
Michael Karm Rehearsal Director
Lou Picetti Street Stranger
Loretta Tupper Street Stranger
Shelley Hack Street Stranger
Paula Trueman Street Stranger
Beverly D'Angelo Actress in Rob's TV Show
Tracey Walter Actor in Rob's TV Show
Gary Allen School Teacher
Lucy Lee Flippin Waitress at Health Food Restaurant
Gary Mule Deer Man at Health Food Restaurant
Sigourney Weaver Alvy's Date outside Theater
Walter Bernstein Annie's Date outside Theater
Jim McKrell Lacey Party Guest
Michael Aronin Waiter #2 at Nightclub
Arthur Haggerty Actor

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Mel Bourne Art Director
Marshall Brickman Screenwriter
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Fred T. Gallo Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer,Production Manager
Jack Rollins Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Barbara Krieger Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Lauren Costumes/Costume Designer
John Jacob Loeb Score Composer
Nancy McArdle Costumes/Costume Designer
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
George Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
James Pilcher Sound/Sound Designer
Marilyn Putnam Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Justin Scoppa Set Decoration/Design
Juliet Taylor Casting
Donald Thorin Camera Operator
Gordon Willis Cinematographer

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