A is for Annie Hall

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. First up is “Annie Hall.”

“Annie Hall” was a 1977 American satirical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman, and produced by Allen’s manager, Charles H. Joffe. The film stars Allen as Alvy Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the female lead, played by Diane Keaton in a role written specifically for her.

The film was highly praised, was nominated for the Big Five Academy Awards, winning four: the Oscar for Best Picture, two for Allen (Best Director and, with Brickman, Best Original Screenplay), and Best Actress for Keaton.

Woody Allen’s character in the movie is a thinly disguised version of Allan, himself. He’s a successful, neurotic television comedian living in Manhattan. Keaton, in the title roll, is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate as they begin their self-conscious journey of discovery together. But as the relationship progresses, Annie starts to feel a growing desire for independence. It quickly becomes clear that the two are on separate tracks, as characteristics in each of them that were once endearing become annoying.

The man, Woody Allen, has gone through some turbulent times in his life since making this movie, but like the man or not, “Annie Hall” may be one of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. Considered to be one of the best films ever made, it ranks 31st on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest films in American cinema, and fourth on their list of greatest comedy films.

It is probably the best work Woody Allen ever did. It is enduringly funny, wry, and brilliant in many ways.

47 thoughts on “A is for Annie Hall

  1. bushboy April 1, 2022 / 6:04 am

    I think this was the movie where I fell in love with Diane Keaton

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  2. Carol anne April 1, 2022 / 6:20 am

    I’ve not seen it but now I shall be trying to find it to watch it!

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  3. Paula Light April 1, 2022 / 6:22 am

    It’s not my favorite of his (I prefer when he’s a background character), but I know lots of people love it…

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  4. eschudel April 1, 2022 / 6:26 am

    That’s a trip down memory lane… great theme!!

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  5. newepicauthor April 1, 2022 / 7:21 am

    I was hoping that you included a trailer, although I have watched this movie several times.

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    • Fandango April 1, 2022 / 8:26 am

      Good idea m, Jim. I don’t know why I didn’t think about that. I’ve added a clip and will insert one with each of the movies going forward. Thanks.

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  6. Maggie April 1, 2022 / 7:56 am

    Great writeup on a great movie, Fandango. Diane Keaton was his muse (and more?) for so many years. It is rare and perhaps a bit perplexing she has stood by him throughout all his bad press over the years. I agree, it is some of his best work.

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  7. Lauren April 2, 2022 / 6:21 am

    It was a great film. I admit to liking it. But, I am sad about his follow up activities.

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  8. leigha66 May 1, 2022 / 1:29 am

    This is one I still have yet to see. I hope to find a little movie watching time sometime soon… things have been kind of busy lately.

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