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'Annie Hall' and Woody Allen's Experimental Visual Film Style

The prospect of writing about Woody Allen has loomed large over my writing since the inception of this column last year for many reasons. First, I hold the non-unique position in considering him the greatest comedic director to ever work. Second, the last year has not been particularly friendly to Mr. Allen press-wise and I had little interest in stepping in those murky waters. However, it remains important that Allen is one of the most influential comedic directors and probably the most respected by the academy and The Academy and given that his new (not particularly inspiring seeming) film is coming out later this month, it seemed high [...]

Diane Keaton Reminisces About Woody Allen's "Great Body"

Did you know that underneath that tweed jacket and those layers of barely contained existential despair, Woody Allen had a torso chiseled from marble? Okay, well, probably not, but Diane Keaton's memoir Then Again kind of implies that. Writes the Annie Hall star, "He had a great body. I was in love with him before I knew him. He was Woody Allen … He was so hip, with his thick glasses and cool suits." Says Keaton, "Most people assumed Annie Hall was the story of our relationship. My last name is Hall. Woody and I did share a significant romance, according to me, anyway. I did want [...]

Our Favorite Woody Allen Movies

Woody Allen's 43rd writer/director effort, Blue Jasmine, made its debut in movie theaters across the country this past weekend. 43 is a lot. Allen has made so many films at this point, of different combinations of his Chaplin, Hope, Fellini and Bergman influences, that choosing a favorite out of all of them is both a pointless and important exercise: pointless because there isn't a right or wrong answer, important because your answer says a lot about what you find funny, and/or moving.

With that in mind, please do not judge these upstanding Splitsider staffers and contributors if they happen to not share the same opinion as yourself, but [...]

Joan Didion's 1979 Woody Allen Takedown

Here's a 1979 essay by Joan Didion from the New York Review of Books in which she takes aim at Woody Allen's then-recent "serious" movies: Manhattan, Interiors and Annie Hall. She doesn't love them! These are not possible constructions, but they reflect exactly the false and desperate knowingness of the smartest kid in the class. “When it comes to relationships with women I’m the winner of the August Strindberg Award,” the Woody Allen character tells us in Manhattan; later, in a frequently quoted and admired line, he says, to Diane Keaton, “I’ve never had a relationship with a woman that lasted longer than the one between Hitler and [...]

Love and Annie Hall

Annie Hall isn’t a Valentine’s Day movie, though I always watch it on Valentine’s Day. It’s not a romantic comedy, though in some ways it solidified the premises of the genre. It won Allen his only Oscar for Best Director, though it’s arguably not his best film (try to argue the point with a fan of Hannah and Her Sisters if you want to have a stroke). It’s one of the funniest movies ever made, even though it doesn’t exactly make one hopeful about the prospects of ever having a “healthy” relationship. And like so much of Allen’s work, if it’s a love song at all, it’s dedicated to [...]

Breaking News: Woody Allen Full of Doubt, Self-Loathing

Woody Allen, eternal optimist: "There’s no rhyme or reason to anything that I do. It’s whatever seems right at the time. I’ve never once in my life seen any film of mine after I put it out. Ever. I haven’t seen Take the Money and Run since 1968. I haven’t seen Annie Hall or Manhattan or any film I’ve made afterward. If I’m on the treadmill and I’m scooting through the channels, and I come across one of them, I go right past it instantly, because I feel it could only depress me. I would only feel, 'Oh God, this is so awful, if I could only do that [...]