Annie Hall (1977)

What can I say about Annie Hall that hasn’t already been said? Yep, it is one of Allen’s best. Yep, it is one of the best films ever committed to celluloid. Yep, it will stand the test of time. Yep, I agree with all the gleaming glowing reviews. So what is it that makes us love Annie Hall?  Is it the humor, the extremely personal, the development of relationships, the LA/Hollywood/pseudo-intellectual bashing, the Keaton/Allen dynamic, Paul Simon’s haircut, and/or the honesty? I’d like to say that Annie Hall is more than just a love story but what makes it so great is that it is a love story. To be more dense though, Annie Hall is a fictional-biopic of Alvy Singer. We fall in love with Alvy Singer just as we fall in love with Annie Hall.

It’s hard to complain about this film. And why waste time digging into the minutia just to whine about something?  While I still have a handful of Woody movies in queue, Annie Hall is close to the number one spot, real close.  Top 3? Top 5? Hard to say without rewatching my favorites.

The take away so far is that you should watch these (in my opinion) “Best of Woody Allen” films:

Purple Rose of Cairo, Stardust Memories, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, Match Point, and of course Annie Hall.


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