Annie Hall details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Colleen Dewhurst, Colleen, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Janet Margolin, Christopher Walken, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Goldblum, Shelley Hack, Tony Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Collections:||100 must-see movies, 100 Rom-Coms, American Film Institute's top 100, Best Picture Oscar Winners, Romantic Comedies|
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Jul 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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Woody Allens finest hour (and a half)By Noel Clay from Colchester, England , 08 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]For anyone who's ever hated himself, and wondered why ... watch Annie Hall.
Let's face it, regardless of flaws and inconsistencies, it's worth watching pretty much any Woody Allen movie just for the few classic one-liners that are bound to be in there. With Woody playing basically himself here, he delves into past loves, metaphysics and lobsters with more of those classic lines than you can shake a stick at.
Although I think generally Woody is infinitely more talented as a stand-up comedian than as a filmmaker, I admit that I do have something of a soft spot for 'Annie Hall'. Mostly it's just the sheer simplicity of the storyline that just allows Woody to go ahead and revel in his trademark self-deprecative, depressive humour -- constantly self-referencing, coming out with witty remarks and amusing sketches as only he can. Also, it's just so INVENTIVE. You get a real sense of a director who is simply improvising, almost like watching Woody himself on stage in front of a live audience. It's a quality that very few of his movies I've seen have possessed, and that's why I think this is easily his best work.
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A MasterpieceBy mcmrbt (51 reviews) from Buckingham , 07 May 2011Every time I watch this film I'm reminded of how beautiful it is to look at, something you forget in between times, because you end up remembering it as an engaging and very very funny romantic comedy.
But Annie Hall is a classic because it's a true masterpiece in its every aspect. The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman is brilliantly funny, packed with the kind of self-deprecating one-liners that made Woody Allen a great stand-up comedian and a great television writer before he ever started making films. Example:
ALVY: No, no, I-I-i, uh, I don't use any major hallucinogenics because I took a puff like five years ago at a party and...
ALVY: Tried to take my pants off over my head...
So the screenplay is brilliant, none better, and then Allen the director gets great performances from his ensemble cast, including himself. The frequent breaking of the fourth wall is innovative and always funny, and the early scenes where older characters look back on their younger selves are filmmaking at its best. This is not a play, though it could be, and the use of special techniques like the invisible split screen is a lesson for anybody who wants to know about film. So you've got Allen himself in his school classroom, defending his younger self; you get the schoolkids looking into the camera and delivering killer adult lines; and you've got the great analysis scene and the 'Touch my heart... with your foot' scene. Add to this the 'meet cute' subtitled scene and Marshall McLuhan being pulled out to settle an argument, and you've got a recipe for comedy gold.
Then the cinematography by Gordon Willis lifts this film into the stratosphere. Every shot is wonderful, gorgeous to look at, and brilliantly composed. Whatever lens Willis had on the camera just makes everything and everybody look fabulous.
The only other film that leaves you as slack-jawed at the photography is Days of Heaven.
Finally, the editing, by Ralph Rosenblum and Wendy Greene Bricmont. Non-linear narrative, montage, the ironic juxtaposition of scenes, never staying on a scene too long, this is another masterclass in itself. Many a self-indulgent (or clueless) director has been rescued by the editor, and while Allen isn't clueless, he certainly owes a debt to Rosenblum.
So it's not just about the laughs. A very funny film, yes, but also an important film - and a must-see for any film student.
Lovely comedyBy Phoebe111 (2 reviews) , 06 May 2011Loved it. I don't know why Diane Keaton got Oscar for this as she is not as engaging as Woody Allen but it doesn't matter here. It is very funny and interesting.
Blady HilariousBy Joeys (2 reviews) , 11 Apr 2011Brilliant! One of the funniest films i've ever seen. And probably the best Woody Allen film. It's a classic for a reason.
Annie HallBy a customer from Hull , 26 Mar 2011Good film, if you can take Allen's neuroses, but as he lays them out for us, its only courteous to laugh with him! Liked the way the current day characters review their previous behaviour, especially the classroom scene which was funny!
Still surprisingly goodBy a customer from London , 21 Mar 2011This has not dated. Still has some amazing scenes and is full of ideas which were ground breaking at the time. If you're a Woody Allen fan, this is one of his best - if you're not, watch it anyway. You may change your mind.