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Annie Hall Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Susan Benson

Annie Hall is one of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. In it, Allen plays a thinly disguised version of himself: Alvy Singer, a successful--if neurotic--television comedian living in Manhattan. Annie (the wholesomely luminous Dianne Keaton) is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate--if repressed. Alone in her apartment for the first time, Alvy and Annie navigate a minefield of self-conscious "is-this-person-someone-I'd-want-to-get-involved-with?" conversation. As they speak, subtitles flash their unspoken thoughts: the likes of "I'm not smart enough for him" and "I sound like a jerk." Despite all their caution, they connect, and we're swept up in the flush of their new romance. Allen's antic sensibility shines here in a series of flashbacks to Alvy's childhood, growing up, quite literally, under a rumbling roller coaster. His boisterous Jewish family's dinner table shares a split screen with the WASP-y Hall's tight-lipped holiday table, one Alvy has joined for the first time. His position as outsider is uncontestable he looks down the table and sizes up Annie's "Grammy Hall" as "a classic Jew-hater."

The relationship arcs, as does Annie's growing desire for independence. It quickly becomes clear that the two are on separate tracks, as what was once endearing becomes annoying. Annie Hall embraces Allen's central themes--his love affair with New York (and hatred of Los Angeles), how impossible relationships are, and his fear of death. But their balance is just right, the chemistry between Allen's worry-wart Alvy and Keaton's gangly, loopy Annie is one of the screen's best pairings. It couldn't be more engaging.

Academy Awards

Annie Hall received an Academy Award for Best Picture (Charles H. Joffe - Producer), Actress (Diane Keaton), Directing (Woody Allen), Writing (Best Screenplay written directly for the screen; Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman). Annie Hall also received Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor (Woody Allen).

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"This is an amazing movie, great when you feel lonely. Everytime I watch this movie, it reminds me my ex-boyfriend, because my relationship with him - I (like Alvy) wish it was endless, but it has an end (unfortunately)."

--Bell

 

FILM FACTS

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Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Colleen Dewhurst, Carol Kane, Christopher Walken, Janet Margolin

Released: April 20, 1977

Availability: DVD VHS


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