5 comments on “Annie Hall

  1. I hadn’t really thought about it until you noted the presence of the two romantic comedies, but 1977 is such a bizarre, atypical year in Oscar Best Picture race. Those two films plus Star Wars?

    I’m always struck by the ways Annie Hall feels like it’s tonally shaped (or at least influenced) many of the romantic comedies that followed even though its narrative playfulness doesn’t carry through to the films that followed. That may be for the best. I can’t imagine most modern romantic comedy directors pulling off those smart experiments as effectively as Allen.

    • Dan, thank you so much for the thoughtful comment. 1977 is one of those oddly happy years, especially when you look at the constant stream of nominated downers in the mid seventies: Chinatown, Taxi Driver, The Towering Inferno.

  2. Probably my favourite Woody Allen film – although it is an obvious choice. It does feature one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever seen though – the cocaine sneeze! But for script and direction I don’t think he’s matched this.

  3. Even though my personal choice for Best Picture was the not-even-nominated CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, this (ANNIE HALL) is one film that has grown on me through the years. I always enjoy watching it and laugh at the “lobster scene”. It should be noted that Diane Keaton also did LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR the same year…quite a year for her!

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