Film: Annie Hall

Opened: April 20, 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Janet Margolin, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst, Donald Symington, Joan Newman, Marshall McLuhan, Mordecai Lawner, Truman Capote, John Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Beverly D’Angelo & Sigourney Weaver

Though a polarizing figure these days, Woody Allen created an incredible comedy that deservedly won Best Picture at the Academy Awards with Annie Hall.

After the relationship has ended, Alvy Singer (Allen) recounts his relationship with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) and tries to figure out why it ended.

Both Allen and Keaton are quirky individuals and they use their strengths to play off each other. There’s an obvious connection between the two that shines through their characters’ chemistry. There’s a scene in which they’re laughing so much that it’s hard to tell if they’re acting or were just being filmed.

The scenes that explore a specific moment of the relationship from both characters’ point of views dive into gender differences. It’s an incredible character analysis.

Final say: Maybe the most fun Best Picture winner. ★★★★★

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