#180: Annie Hall (1977)

When and how did I watch this?

November 27th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I remember at least one episode of In Living Color that parodied Woody Allen. I didn’t understand the jokes nor did I have any familiarity with the man at my age. Perhaps the caricature itself was bland, but I became a little calloused to any work he did, even though I’d never seen any of it.

What do I know about it now?

This is one of the more innovative comedies I’ve seen. The movie toyed with sequence, breaking the fourth wall, the use of asides – elements typically associated with stage work, but surprisingly effective in this particular film. The dialogue was intelligent, but never condescending, human and vulnerable, but never vulgar. Sure, adult topics were addressed, but I found myself laughing out loud because I knew exactly what they were talking about.

What are some themes in the film?

Sex, relationships, autonomy, vulnerability and self-perception, time

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  I was reminded of past relationships, and I believe that’s what made this film appealing and human.

Why is this ranked #180?

It’s a smart comedy.  I’m surprised it even made this list, because this type of film is usually considered unappealing or overrated to the general public.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She thoroughly enjoyed it.

Would I watch it again?

Yes.  It was delightful.  Did I just use that word? But likewise, after a good meal at a high quality restaurant, wouldn’t you return just the same?

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes.  It’s likely you’ve never seen it.  If you like Dan In Real Life, this movie will sit very well with you.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

No doubt.  It’s certainly better than many others on the list.

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