Annie Hall (Spanish Edition)
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One of a hand-picked selection of some of the most popular and cult-worthy titles on Faber and Faber's extensive list of film scripts.

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  • An interesting mental masterbation...
    True there is no real plot to this movie-if so, a very thin one. It's pretty much the life and times of a short-lived romance between Alvy and Annie. Frankly, I think Woody Allen should have sued the pants off comedien Richard Lewis...their schtick seem almost identical to me. There's very little doubt that Woody is a talented writer and there are plenty of classic scenes in this movie. This was my first time seeing this movie and after thirty years it still has something relevant to say about relationships. (Wow. You mean one could have gotten a descent apartment in Manhattan for $400 at one time?) I got a kick of seeing so many (now) veteran actors. Christopher Walken was hilarious. Highly Recommended....more info
  • Great film, good DVD
    This is one of MGM's earliest DVDs, and is typical of these (though no worse for it). The disc contains the theatrical widescreen (1.85:1) version of the film on one side and the TV fullscreen (1.33:1) on the other. The main menu is functional, but it isn't pretty: the background is a grainy film still of Allen and Keaton at the waterfront with the Brooklyn Bridge as the backdrop, and the menu selections are lime green text! You can't miss them.

    The audiovisual quality is unexceptional. The dialogue seems slightly muted in some scenes.

    The scene selection menu of this disc consists of titled thumbnail images, and is as extensive as any that I've seen. Forty-nine individual scenes can be selected, so it's pretty easy to jump to your favorite joke if that's what you're looking for. The French dubbed dialogue track is very good, as are the English, French and Spanish subtitles. A mediocre theatrical trailer is also included....more info
  • my favorite movie about a relationship, ever.
    Someone told me a few years ago that I'd love "Annie Hall," and I held off seeing it because that person was an ex-boyfriend. But he was right - and it is a great movie about a maddeningly wonderful and neurotic ex-girlfriend.

    basic, basic plot: Woody Allen's character reminisces about his already-done relationship with Annie Hall. It's funnily sad, not sadly funny, which is probably the best way to look back. Diane Keaton and the supporting cast all work well together. It's not at all dated.

    I laughed a whole lot through it and it is honest in its depiction of how a relationship doesn't necessarily need some major drama to end - sometimes, it's just time to go, and the getting out is tough. In that sense, I found this movie surprisingly realistic, and wish more movies would explore this less exciting, but equally interesting dimension of human relationships.

    What isn't realistic, however, is how TOTALLY GORGEOUS the cinematography is. I wish all our memories of falling in and out of love in a city were so lovely. Watch it with someone you can talk about it with. I had no idea so many scenes from the movie were ripped off, and it is a testament to how groundbreaking it was. ...more info
  • A very classic Woody Allen...had to be written by him
    Woody Allen is a certainly brought forth in Annie Hall. I sat thru the movie three times when I first saw did the people I was with......It's definately worth adding to a collection...and enjoyed every minute of it. Diane Keaton can best be described as fetchingly perfect as his girlfriend.....I cannot even picture anyone else in that particular movie.
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  • The deranged New York critics should be hung for making this monstrosity a "classic".
    There's one funny line in this whole crappy, annoying, incredibly overrated movie- just one. It's when Woody Allen visits the LA home of some stereotypical Hollywood types and we see a young Jeff Goldblum on the phone with his guru telling him "I forgot my mantra". I laughed at that. As for the rest, it's pretty much garbage. Woody Allen is so disgusting to even look at, never mind listen to, that the movie is almost impossible to endure. I know he's only a memory these days, but how did the world tolerate him in his prime? How did he become a success? I understand that New York and LA are full of his kind of people, but did he really have an audience in the rest of the country? If so, I think it must have been made up of Middle American poseurs who wanted to be seen as superior intellects because they were fans of the "smart" Jewish comic from New York: "Har har har- Woody Allen just referenced the Oedipus Complex in his joke. I understand that reference, so I must be smart too! Har har, do_you_get it?". This is the first Woody Allen movie I've ever seen, and I think it will be the last. In addition to his lack of talent, and his supremely irritating appearance, voice, personality, and opinions, all he does is make really, really lame jokes. He gets girl (even if Diane Keaton is a drip, she's still out of his league) and loses girl. Believe me, it's pretty bad....more info
  • Annie Hall
    Woody Allen is as vibrant and alive as cinema itself, he has the same complexities, the same alternating light and darkness, as the medium itself. His intensely personal combination of portrait and autobiography, humor and sadness, analysis and narrative has made him one of the most original of all filmmakers. The origins of this style so textured and perfected by the time of Hannah And Her Sisters, Husbands And Wives or Deconstructing Harry has its clearest origins in Annie Hall. Made in 1977 Annie Hall represented the first turning point in Allen's evolution from burlesque Chaplin-inspired comic to brilliant observer of human relationships and simultaneous comic and philosopher. Annie Hall is, like Manhattan or Interiors, a film that should be studied as an artifact, as one might look at a textbook or document, on human relationships between people for the decades to come. Through his autobiographical protagonist, Alvy Singer, Allen reveals himself completely and nakedly, his fear of death, his insecurities, his sexual desires, his complicated problems with women, all through his stunning use of humor and his perfect comprehension of human relationships and incredible ear for dialogue. Allen opens the film by candidly prefacing the film through a monologue, already introducing the film as a mosaic of memories, fantasies, flashbacks, monologues and hallucinations that will help explain the mysteries of his existence. As the film fluidly follows an erratic pattern of dream and reality, Woody creates what can be seen as a progressively evolving autobiography that finally ends as it started, with a joke, a couple of words, simply and yet with inexplicable complexity. And so, with originality and innovation Woody breathes joy into cinema. ...more info
  • Very Funny, A Great Movie
    "Annie Hall" is one of the most acclaimed romantic comedies of all time. The film not only holds a place on The American Film Institute's Top 100 (#31), as well as The American Film Institute's Top 100 Comedies (#4). The film took home 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director; The film is also without a doubt one of the best romantic-comedies ever made. It really nails that awkwardness of romance. I think few of us are like the neurotic Woody Allen and I don't so much mean the way the characters act, but the way they think and stuff like that is totally realistic. Woody Allen plays Alvy Singer, a comeddian who always knocks it out of the park when it comes to comedy but can't really get a grip on love. He's been through two marriages and is a little bit neurotic, which turns people off. Then his friend Rob (Tony Roberts) introduces him to Annie Hall (the wonderful Diane Keaton). Annie is a little bit ditzy and not quite as smart as Alvy, but the two click and begin a relationship that (to say the least) has it's share of ups and downs. Now, not only is the plot and the dialogue and everything true-to-life but this film is also absolutely hilarious. When I see a movie on AFI's Top 100 Comedies, I tend to shy away from the films on that list. Not because they're not good, it's just that they don't really pick by what's the funniest film ever. Example, 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' was funnier than their number 1 pick Some Like It Hot. But anyway, Annie Hall actually is very funny. The dialogue is quick-witted, some the scenes have become classics (Allen sneezing on the cocaine). In an era where romantic comedies run rampant into movie theatres, it's nice to go back and see the films that really made the genre what it is. This is a great film, a great romantic-comedy, a Woody Allen masterpiece.

    GRADE: A
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  • Annie Hall? Annie Hall! Very funny, smart, and entertaining.
    I wish I'd never seen this movie, so that I could see it now for the first time. What a wonderful, funny, smart, entertaining film. So many clever gags, so much great smart New York dialog. Woody manages to weave together a story that jumps from coast to coast, from live action to animated, from serious to hilarious, and keeps it all flowing and fun. Truly one of the most enjoyable films ever. ...more info
  • Hot Chicksa
    Let's get the criticism out of the way first. The script of a self-indulgent, Brooklyn, Bergman wanna-be massaging his Liberalism to advantage, is pseudo-intellectual air. Woody's humor, the Jewish Complaint, is stale now. We thought it was so funny back in the 60's and 70's. We gave this schlemiel, a Jewish version of Waspy, Bob Hope, a free pass for thirty years. After all the lint has been flicked from the navel, what we have is a dopey looking ethnic with delusions about the prom queen. But then again - don't we all and there's the appeal.

    In 1977, Allen pasted some of the quirky techniques of European directors such as Bergman, Godard, or Fellini, and grafted an American style romance of the 1930's variety. There's an element of screwball such as Clark Gable's It Happened One Night or Cary Grant's, Front Page. Anyhow, mix in a little mild counterculture style, dope smoking, coke sniffing, and bed jumping and you get a pastiche of Post-Vietnam Modernism. Reflecting the new feminism: there's no questioning Annie's morals. She's a single woman that sleeps with her boyfriends. It's a given, but back in the Eisenhower years, oh, the angst, hide the children! Reliable birth control had triumphed.

    Allen is the first nerd to make it big in the Post-Nam years. He has made it possible for all the Saturday Night comediennes and bad boy, barf in your face, humorists that came after. For that reason, Allen is an important, pivotal figure culturally. He has solidified Borst Belt comedy with pseudo-intellectual patter. Walla, Jew and hot chicksa, yeah!
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  • brilliant film....classic Woody Allen at his best!
    Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is a comedian with an obsession with death who has a chance encounter with the adorably ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton), an aspiring singer. Through a series of flashbacks, non-verbal conversations between the two characters (including a great scene where Alvy and Annie are talking to each other, with subtitles under them, projecting the subtext in their exchange) and quirky scenes, we have an interesting view into the lives of these two very quirky characters.

    This film has been deemed one of the best Woody Allen films, as well as one of the funnies comedies in film.
    The dialogue is funny and engaging, the characters are delightfully neurotic and I guarantee you will enjoy it. There was a reason it was the recipient of numerous Academy Awards in 1977.........more info
  • Annie Hall
    This DVD arrived very quickly for standard mail and was in excellent condition. I would have appreciated some kind of bonus feature or two, but there was none. Then again, if the product is associated with Woody Allen, it seems very much his style. As for the movie itself, it's one of Allen's best, thanks to Diane Keaton. It's hard to believe the movie is now over 30 years old, but Keaton is as charming as ever. The 3 star rating is for the skimpy DVD. Keaton is a 5 star actor....more info
  • five stars for brilliance, one star for perversity and depression
    this movie is brilliant - quick, smart, and funny - got me to laugh out loud many times, which is rare for a movie, especially one created over thirty years ago. for that i give it five stars.

    BUT, i average those five stars with one star for the sick negatives of the movie: the palpable negativity and perversity of Woody Allen (like this is news to anyone!), the pointless casual sex which is killing our species, the ultimately hopeless message that dating and romance is the way (it's not!), and the lack of anything deeply redeeming in the piece.

    i used to think this was a great movie overall - goes to show how sick and lost i used to be. this time around i couldn't finish watching it. i also used to be able to finish off two macdonald's whoppers, a large fries, and a coke. not anymore! my stomach now knows what's good for it!...more info
  • Are All His Movies about Himself?
    I've seen one other Woody Allen movie (Deconstructing Harry). Are all his movies about himself? I just don't get it. He really is not very fascinating. Self-obsessed, and often boring. There were a handful of really funny moments in this. You probably could have squeezed it into a tight, funny 15-minute short. It deserves three stars for that. Otherwise, extremely overrated Woody Allen (if this is close to his real life, boy, how obnoxious he is!)....more info
  • "Polymorphously Perverse"....and One of the Best Romantic Comedies Ever
    It's great to see how timeless this 1977 movie still is after nearly thirty years especially after seeing Woody Allen's more challenging later work in the interim. But nothing beats a perfectly written script (courtesy of Allen and frequent collaborator Marshall Brickman) and the undeniable chemistry between Allen and Diane Keaton in the title role. Scene for scene, it represents the most consistently engaging comedy Allen ever directed, and his wonderfully creative stream-of-consciousness narrative is filled to the brim with detours into flashbacks, animation, split-screens, fantasy scenes and speaking to the camera. It all blends into a movie that remains emotionally resonant and even bittersweet behind all the laughs.

    There is little plot to speak of as it focuses on the evolving relationship between Alvy Singer, a successful stand-up comedian, and Annie Hall, an aspiring singer. Interspersed throughout are episodes in Alvy's angst-driven life - his shaky childhood next to the Coney Island rollercoaster, his desultory days as a comedy writer, his previous failures in relationships and marriages, his ongoing resistance to the West Coast. No longer playing just the romantic loser of "Play It Again, Sam", Allen is constantly kvetching in his search for intellectual fulfillment but finally finds his first true love in his diametric opposite, an unaffected, self-deprecating girl from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Their relationship is played out in clever episodes, none more so than their first meeting at a tennis game followed by Annie's reckless driving and a subtitled conversation on her terrace. It is really the contrast in their approach to life that brings them together and provides the impetus for their dissolution.

    Whether she is playing herself or not, Keaton is an unadulterated joy even as her character sadly grows apart from Alvy. Allen is himself or at least his public persona and even manages a sense of unexpected pathos toward the end, especially when he desperately proposes marriage at the health food restaurant. There are so many memorable moments that it's difficult to choose a favorite - Marshall McLuhan at the movies, the lobsters, the sneeze into the cocaine, Christopher Walken's bit as Annie's headlight-obsessed brother Duane. A movie as perfect as this deserves a deluxe DVD treatment, but the 2000 release has simply a decent print transfer and unfortunately only the original trailer as an extra. The title of my review was actually the phrase Alvy used to describe to Annie her bodily pleasure in lovemaking....more info
  • Love classic Woody Allen
    This is a smart, funny and well-shot Woody Allen film. Everyone else's reviews are college essays and reports, which means you have to watch it. Even if you rent it first, owning it is like having a piece of essential culture. ...more info
  • Hilarious
    This movie was more from my parents' day, but the humor is timeless! Woody Allen will always crack me up with his odd sense of humor....more info
    Love this movie and watch it more than once more than twice. This movie is a classic and never gets old. But, on what CD could I find Diane Keaton singing "Seems Like Old Times"? I am a singer and just down loaded the lyrics. She has such a sweet voice and should record. Come on Diane, you can do it!! ...more info
  • One of Woody's best
    Annie Hall is one of those films that I could watch over and over again. I first caught it a few years ago. I know, I know, it was made in the late 70s.

    Anyway, I've seen some of Woody Allen's other movies and, though I like some of them, "Annie Hall" is my favorite.

    I heard Mr. Allen say that he was not happy with this film. I think he thinks that to make a great film it has to be "serious." Annie Hall touches on a lot of elements. It is serious in a way with regard to relationships.

    Allen has done a wonderful job directing this movie with a light touch.

    Diane Keaton was just adorable and I think it was the very best role she has ever gotten. As an actor, Allen plays himself but he doesn't make any bones about it. He is believable.

    The cinematography by Gordon Willis is superb ...more info
  • Don't miss this hilarious movie. Simply the best comedy ever.
    This is Woody Allen at his best. From the opening scene to the hilarious ending, you will have tears of laughter rolling down your face. What really makes this movie a classic however is the great supporting cast. Carol kane, colleen dewhurst, and many others who have achieved major stardom. Just a quick piece of trivia for you, when Woody Allen and diane Keaton are sitting in the park, making fun of the people that are walking by, the one man (the Truman Capote look a like) really is Truman Capote. Truman Capote agreed to have a cameo in the film but only if he wasn't listed in the credits. This is well worth your time and money. Enjoy!...more info
  • Allen's Finest! Too Bad About the DVD!
    After watching a few of Woody Allen's films this is the one I found the most accomplished, interesting and funny other than "Take The Money and Run". "Sleeper" really lives up (or should I say down) to its name and after that I didn't think I'd risk another Allen flick until I watched this one. Allen plays the neurotic romantic self-sabotager role very well and watching his attempts at getting the ultimate chalk and cheese relationship to work was amusing for the most part and hilarious in a few of the scenes that actually managed to age pretty well over the last 30 years.

    The only beef I have with this dvd version of the film is that the picture quality is very poor with numerous imperfections throughout such as black circles, spots etc on many frames and the very poor sound quality which comes in mono. Thankfully, in a film like this where sound effects matter little and it's the dialogue that makes this one great, one's overall enjoyment isn't diminished too much but if they are thinking of doing a Director's Cut of this film or if they are looking at putting this on Blu-ray, they should take the opportunity to clean up both the picture and the sound quality with a 5.1 surround sound option as well as with good Special Features to boot.

    Overall this is Woody Allen at his best in a film that only he could make and I actually enjoyed it a great deal but you should wait until they release a better dvd version in either standard or Blu-ray formats but with better Special Features and much, much better picture and sound quality options preferably in a new Director's Cut....more info
  • La-di-da, La-di-da, La La
    Annie Hall is a classic! Diane Keaton and Woody Allen have unbelievable chemistry. This is a classic Woody Allen film. If you're saying "not a big fan of Woody Allen these days..." don't worry! This one is from the olden days. No wonder it won four Oscars! ...more info
  • Hall shines with compassionate sentiment
    "Annie Hall" is a comedic-romance that never dissipates from its profound wit, intelligence, and sincerity. It is possibly one of the finest boy/girl relationships ever committed to film, and is a hallmark of romantic fervor that should be studied in film theory and romanticism classes for many years to come.

    The film begins with a narrative moment in which Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) looks directly into the camera and tells the audience an important joke: " I would never belong to a club that would have me as a member." This, he says, basically sums up his look on his love life, and the viewer will see this joke given validity throughout the course of "Annie Hall," as the rest of the film tells of his history while dating the girl of the film's name (Diane Keaton,) as well as the ups and downs of their companionship.

    This is a film for the soul inside all of our hearts, as it is carefully structured and plotted, with a compassion despite its non-direct way of illustrating the narrative. This narrative is very speed up and compacted together in its short run time, as the viewer rides along their relationship and sees the many heartfelt moments between the two of them and the difficulties and incapacity's that they share.

    "Annie Hall" does not really offer anything in terms of traditional suspense. It does not try to dazzle us with its witty plot turns, because the film knows essentially that every story has been told. While, instead, "Annie Hall" proceeds to make us care about these two romantically entangled characters, and accept their good and bad traits, as if they were really our friends--thus giving a great emotional weight attached to the center of the film, making it utterly powerful.

    The heart of the film is the characters that the audience will quickly learn to love, even if they have some bad qualities. Take the Alvy character for instance, as despite his skittish, nerdy, and sarcastic personality, it is also almost hard not to like him, because of the well-written screenplay that makes his character so, well, complete, and does not feel like the impartial cipher that many modern comedy-romantic films seem to depict their central character as anything but natural.

    This is also shown in Keaton's character, as Annie acts rather eccentric and instinctively, that is, without the benefit of using her head. However these two interesting personas and the screenplay come together to make "Annie Hall" a film that is elegantly smart, funny, crafty, and in touch with realistic human relationships and emotion. This is indeed true romance-- as I am in love with this film.

    ***** (Out of 5)

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  • The Grandaddy of Woody Allen Movies!
    Woody Allen movies don't get any better than this. Enough said?...more info
  • 3.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    A delightful, original film starring a very funny Woody Allen and perfectly-cast Diane Keaton, Annie Hall is one of the best movies Allen has ever made and one of the best romantic comedies ever made by anyone....more info
  • Sifting Through the Pieces of the Relationship
    As a woman who only recently recovered from what was, at the time, an extremely crushing and crippling breakup, Annie Hall was an interesting, funny, and surprisingly therapeutic film. This is a great film not only as entertainment for a Friday night, but if you're feeling lost in (or out) of a relationship, it's a pretty magnificent foil for self-discovery. :)...more info
  • Unbearable
    I'd recently seen my first Woody Allen flick, and decided to follow it up with this critically-acclaimed award winner. My wife and I got about three-fourths of the way through it before turning off the TV. We just couldn't listen to the miserable talking heads any longer.

    The previous film we watched was directed by Allen, but he did not act in it. In Annie Hall, he plays the lead actor, and basically subjects the viewer to an endless barrage of complaining and bad sense of style and taste. Diane Keaton plays Annie, who despite the forced concept that she's articulate, intelligent and well-rounded she presents herself as often aloof and simple.

    The whole movie is just talking heads. Talking, talking, and more talking. The dated style of the seventies took us by surprise - all the men in this film appear to be slobs in cheap suits with careless looking hair (as noted by my wife with my agreement).

    The premise I suppose is that Woody Allen is cute in some way, and attractive too. But as my wife pointed out, he's a "nebbish" (a nerd), and it just felt so fake. I'd say about half of the injected jokes were far from funny. Its also fun to note that in the movie poster Allen appears taller than his girl, but in the film he walks quite shorter.
    As a reality check, this film was watched by two thirty year-olds in the year 2009, and the story is about a forty-something guy in the year 1975 (I believe), so we weren't quite born when this film was considered Best Movie Of The Year. Not this year.

    My interest in Woody Allen films has now been downgraded to films he does not appear in. I don't think I could bear to hear his voice again, at least not in a starring role.
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    Well, at least National Review is mentioned. This is a timeless movie. Evidence? I liked this movie when I didn't like NR and I like this movie now that I like NR....more info
  • One of Woody's best films
    Woody Allen has gotten stranger and more twisted over the years. This was one of his best movies. It's a romantic comedy, with the comedy being more in the dialog rather than antics....more info
    Why is this movie a classic? The plot line was nonexistent, and the characters were completely unlikeable.The implication that Annie Hall was a lesbian didn't make any sense! Woody Allen's character was completely freeky and there was not a single purpose for him being there. Come to think of it, THERE WAS NO PURPOSE FOR THIS MOVIE!!!!!! So save yourself and never watch this film....more info
  • Comedic Tour de Force
    Annie Hall finds Woody Allen in top form in probably his finest turn as writer and director. It is a parallel of the real relationship between Diane Keaton and himself. Laughs abound as the topsy turvy relationship finally crash lands to a fitting conclusion. It is real humor out of everyday situations we all find ourselves in. It is New York art with the alkaline squeezed out of the sponge. The wide aclaim for this film is richly deserved. If you want to laugh out loud and not look around subconsciously to see if you are a party of one this is the film for you. This is worth several viewings to unearth different revelations each time. Certainly for me it was worth the price....more info
  • Beautifully constructed story of a genuine, pure and real relationship...
    Hailed as Woody Allen's finest film, `Annie Hall' has some pretty weighty expectations to live up to, and what amazes me is that each and every time I watch it I am reminded of why Allen is loved to much among the cinemaphiles like myself. Now I admit to not having seen much Allen, and I admit that the first time I saw `Annie Hall' I shut it off about ten minutes in because I couldn't get into it. I was put off by Allen's style of storytelling. Then I saw some of Allen's more recent work, like `Match Point' and the ever brilliant `Hannah and Her Sisters' (I know, not really recent) and I was prompted to give `Annie Hall' another try. I found that the opening didn't put me off as much as I remembered and soon I was completely engrossed in the film.

    I seriously couldn't take my eyes off the screen.

    I can't for the life of me decide which film I truly prefer (`Annie Hall' or `Hannah and Her Sisters') but fact remains that both films are cinematic gems. Once one grows accustomed to Allen's flare for storytelling you become a part of his story, as if you were hearing each word from a dear friend. Sure, the delivery is sporadic and spontaneous and at times it throws you off, but that's the kind of friend Woody Allen is; he's kind of crazy, but in a good way.

    The film tells the story of comedian Alvy Singer who falls in love with Annie Hall, a ditzy yet tantalizing young woman. The film really just tells us of their relationship; the good and bad times, the fights and intimacies and really fleshes out these two people right before our eyes.

    What I think is so poignant about `Annie Hall' is that it depicts a relationship that is as average as they come and so any and everyone can relate and draw from this film. The audience can immediately place themselves in the film and understand both Singer and Hall and this helps the audience make a personal and emotional connection to the material; thus causing us to care deeply about the outcome. The film beautifully captures the strains that insecurities and difference can cause on a relationship and approaches the subjects of independence and desire with precision and grace.

    The film is only elevated by the brilliant performances by the two leads. Keaton, who rightfully won the Oscar for her performance, is exciting and mysterious, intriguing and complex. Her character is desirous from the very beginning and she builds on her intricacies magnificently. Allen is a revelation, and in all honesty my favorite part of the film. His neurotic shtick can get a little tiresome (as was seen in `Scoop') but here he is genuine and passionate with his delivery, to the point where he is not only tolerable but wholly enjoyable.

    `Annie Hall' has already received classic status and will always be regarded as one of the finest films of all time. I'm here to simply agree and urge anyone who has yet to see the film to check it out ASAP. Coming from a man who was once put off by the auteur that is Woody Allen, this is truly an astounding film. Set aside any preconceived notions of what you're going to see and just dive right it, for this film has everything a movie lover needs to survive....more info
  • Still smart, funny, and wonderfully unique.
    This movie represents all of the best of Woody Allen. Irreverent, insightful, hilarious, touching, and beautifully idiosyncratic, this movie has everything a romance, comedy, and great work of cinema needs. Allen's onscreen persona is better suited to this particular story than any other, and Diane Keaton is one of the most joyous personalities onscreen. In addition to the wonderfully funny dialogue between the two leads, an abundance of walk-on performances, filled by a remarkable number of future stars (Jeff Goldblum, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken) as well as unknowns, leave us with some of the most enduringly funny scenarios and one-liners in American comedy. His renditions of New York, Los Angeles, the dating scene, and popular culture are still relevant and comedic. And kudos to Allen for having the freshness to ask candid questions to people on the street, pull a real-life personality from offscreen, and bicker with the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    Allen may be guilty of reshuffling the same deck of observations and philosophies throughout all of his movies, but in this and other gems (Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Deconstructing Harry), we see why he's such a big deal. Annie Hall has more useful things to say about life and relationships than any other movie I've seen....more info
  • Allen's Finest! Too Bad About the DVD!
    After watching a few of Woody Allen's films this is the one I found the most accomplished, interesting and funny other than "Take The Money and Run". "Sleeper" really lives up (or should I say down) to its name and after that I didn't think I'd risk another Allen flick until I watched this one. Allen plays the neurotic romantic self-sabotager role very well and watching his attempts at getting the ultimate chalk and cheese relationship to work was amusing for the most part and hilarious in a few of the scenes that actually managed to age pretty well over the last 30 years.

    The only beef I have with this dvd version of the film is that the picture quality is very poor with numerous imperfections throughout such as black circles, spots etc on many frames and the very poor sound quality which comes in mono. Thankfully, in a film like this where sound effects matter little and it's the dialogue that makes this one great, one's overall enjoyment isn't diminished too much but if they are thinking of doing a Director's Cut of this film or if they are looking at putting this on Blu-ray, they should take the opportunity to clean up both the picture and the sound quality with a 5.1 surround sound option as well as with good Special Features to boot.

    Overall this is Woody Allen at his best in a film that only he could make and I actually enjoyed it a great deal but you should wait until they release a better dvd version in either standard or Blu-ray formats but with better Special Features and much, much better picture and sound quality options preferably in a new Director's Cut....more info
  • Sex with you is Kafkaesque....
    Go figure. I'm a right-wing conservative but I love Woody Allen and I especially love Annie Hall. It is, no doubt, a generational thing. I knew her--or somebody very much like her--and it's still bittersweet. I loved her and I love Annie Hall. What else is there to say.

    Ron...more info
  • The modern world
    Why is this world getting so complicated? Although this film is from the late seventies and it has many reminiscences from the 60s and 70s, the historical and cultural context in which the romance of Annie and Alvy takes place still rings today. With no chronological order, Alvy's struggle to find true love is always interrupted by the pseudo-intellectual and shallow culture of the sixties. The cameos on the film about Nazi Germany only highlights the demise of a culture that is only based on shallow intelellectualism and devoid of genuine feelings.
    Intellectualism interferes constantly with genuine sex and with genuine love. My favorite scene is the lobster scene, where Alvy and Annie are having fun for its own sake. The couple enjoys each other, revealing true feelings, and their true self. The couple becomes childlike in their laughter. This childlike innocence makes a contrast with the amusement park scenes during his childhood and the rollercoaster that was above his house (representing a shallow form of diversion}.
    Although the film doesn't follow the traditional pattern, any viewer looking for a story about a person trying to bring out genuine feelings into the modern world will enjoy this movie....more info
  • Picture too grainy
    Annie Hall
    It is interesting that they can take an old flick like Casablanca and up grade it to a beautiful, sharp Blu ray version (albeit still a B/W standard screen), and then take another, so popular classic like Annie Hall, put it in a fancy package and even provide both the widescreen and full screen versions on the same disc, and yet both having such a grainy picture! I have a Sony 52" XBR6 HDTV that ALL DVD's usually look terrific on. I realize that this Annie Hall DVD was not recorded on Blu Ray, and that my home made DVD recording which looks so much smoother and sharper was recorded from an HDTV (1080i) channel. But, although I have other Woody Allen movies also bought directly from Amazon, they look just fine even though recorded on SD. I'm really disappointed about this one and will probably just keep the home-made and toss the other, since I can't return an opened DVD.
    So I don't recommend this DVD. I like the movie. Will foolishly hope I can buy a better recordng eventually. ...more info
  • Totallydissappointed
    Simply put, this movie hasn't any class. I was totally dissappointed that I wasted my time and money. All through the whole movie it was all about sex and drugs. Woody Allen protrayed the role of a loser in this movie and in my opinion the movie was just that, a loser. ...more info
  • Pushing thirty but still fresh and lovely
    I know some reviewers have thought Annie Hall at almost thirty is impossibly dated. Boy, do I disagree. The film is about relationships and human relationships never really change. A few of the references may be lost on the post baby boomer generations ( I think a few of the references were lost on some folks when it came out in the 70's) but the general themes of lost loves and longing still remain relevant. And Allen tells his story with such intelligence and supreme humor. An added joy in watching this film is seeing several now very famous personalities in small roles and who knew Paul Simon could act? Highly recommended to anyone but diehard Woody Allen haters. ...more info
  • "I Love Being Reduced To A Cultural Sterotype"
    While Woody Allen had a large, devoted cult following which began around the mid-sixties, it wasn't until the release of the highly acclaimed, academy award winning `Annie Hall' in '77 that the rest of the world finally caught up with this comic giant and brought his cutting edge cinematic style into the mainstream. His self-analytical persona was perfect for the growingly narcissistic American public and the way he introduced the audience into the storyline of his films by intermittently turning towards the screen as though it were a person and engaging the viewer with questions and comments was nothing short of pure genius (The legendary Bob Hope made use of this active audience participation technique years earlier but not to the extent and effectiveness as Woody).

    While my particular favorite Woody Allen film happens to be `Love and Death released in '75, I can see why `Annie Hall' is by-in-large the film most people will point to as his apex in filmmaking. It really is the ultimate American comedy containing all the 20th century angst his name as become synonymous with; fear of failure, fear of success, fear of relationships, fear of being alone, fear of an ever-expanding universe. We find ourselves in his insecurities and his self-loathing in such classic statements as, `I just don't want to belong to any club that would have me for a member". We've all been there at one time or another in life. That's what makes it so hilarious.

    If you have only one Woody Allen film in your personal library it should be this one (well, maybe you should throw `Love and Death' in there too)!...more info
  • The best of the best!!!
    Just saw this movie,for the first time, two weeks ago and have seen it at least a dozen times since then and still counting! This is definitely and absolutely an Oscar winner! Diane Keaton was more than perfect for this role!!! More power to her! Hope she makes a lot more movies. Can't seem to get enough of her movies!...more info