Annie Hall (1977)

This movie was hilarious and I like the variety of scenes.

One of my favorite used effects is when a character breaks the fourth wall or immerses him/herself in a memory.

This is the first Woody Allen movie I've seen and it's great. Diane Keaton is great and the relationship between the characters Annie Hall and Alvy Singer is great too.

A younger Christopher Walken (34 years old) is in this movie.

Opening Lines:
There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud's "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious," and it goes like this - I'm paraphrasing - um, "I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member." That's the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women.

Ending Lines:
After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I... I realized what a terrific person she was, and... and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I... I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs.

Alvy: You want a lift?
Annie: Oh, why? Uh, you got a car?
Alvy: No, I was going to take a cab.
Annie: Oh, no. I have a car.
Alvy: You have a car? I don't understand. If you have a car, so then why did you say, 'Do you have a car?' like you wanted a lift?
Annie: I don't, I don't, geez, I don't know. I wasn't. ...I got this VW out there. (To herself) 'What a jerk, yeah. Would you like a lift?'
Alvy: Sure. Which way you goin'?
Annie: Me? Oh, downtown.
Alvy: Down ... I'm going uptown.
Annie: Oh well, you know I'm going uptown too.
Alvy: You just said you were going downtown.
Annie: Yeah, well, but I could ...

Overall, it's a great and funny movie. It's not the typical sort of happy ending, but it's happy.

[20140927 Edit][20191003 Edit]

It's surprising to me that this is only the second time I've seen this movie. In any case, I'm definitely glad I saw it again today. In particular, I felt as if I connected with it more today, from a thematic point of view (five years is a long time, lots of room for change and perspective).

20191003 Comment:
As I finished transferring this post from my main blog to my movie blog, I had realized that I didn't remember how this movie ends.

Instant Comments:
2: "I'm into leather." Ha.
2: References Robert Redford.
2: "I heard Commentary and Dissent had merged and formed Dysentery."
2: "We use a large vibrating egg."
2: "I'm very shallow and empty and I have no ideas and nothing interesting to say." "And I'm exactly the same way."
2: At around 57 min, you can see pictures of Alvy holding the lobster on the wall behind him (in Annie's apartment).

Watched 20091231.
Watched 20140927 (Netflix, Instant, HD)
Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen. 93 min

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