Annie Hall (1977)
"A nervous romance."Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.
A masterpiece, when you think about it
Sometimes I wish Woody Allen was cool and self confident, and not
always nervous, unsure and geeky all the time. But you can't deny that
he's a very intelligent person. His best film, the quiet and
understated masterpiece "Annie Hall", is so full of jokes and inventive
style it can make your head spin. Actually, this is one film I wish I
had a script of so I could slowly read all those dialogs which are
being said too fast. In 1978 "Annie Hall" beat "Star Wars" and won 4
Oscars ( Best picture, director, screenplay, actress Diane Keaton ) and
one Golden Globe ( Best actress Diane Keaton ).
The simple comedy about a romance between the New York comedian Alvy
and Annie is enriched by tons of emotions and inventive film techniques
which even Jean-Luc Godard would be jealous of. In one scene Alvy is
talking to Annie about art while the subtitles are presenting his
*real* words, about how he wants to take her out! In the other they are
having intercourse in bed while Annie's ghost/mind is absent and
sitting on a chair! Alvy is walking down the street and saying how he
watched the animated movie "Snow White and the seven dwarfs" and fell
in love with the witch and presto, in the next scene he is drawn in
animation in the middle of that film, having an argument with his
lover, the witch. The list goes on and on.
I remember that I couldn't watch this film when I was a kid. I found it
to be too boring. But today I completely understand it. You just have
to think about it. Like when Alvy is so happy he says to Annie that he
doesn't just love her, but that he "luurves her, loaves her and luuf's
her." Also, some of the gags are simply quietly hilarious, like when
the hero is narrating his society as a child, commenting on everything
( "Those who don't know nothing, teach. Those who don't know how to
teach, teach gym. And those don't know even that, teach at our school."