Annie Hall

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(1977) Written and directed by Woody Allen
 

I first saw Annie Hall (1977) when I was 15. It quickly became one of my favorite films of all time, and it continues to be. I've enjoyed most Woody Allen films, before and after his scandal(s). I cannot deny finding his films enjoyable, albeit his sexual abuse allegation. I will only share my opinions on his films, since I do not him personally, obviously. 

I can re-watch the opening scene of Annie Hall a billion times and not get tired of it. I love his breaking of the 4th fall throughout the film. I also really like neurotic characters, especially any character Diane Keaton is playing! She seems to play a slightly refined version of her real self in everything I've seen her in.

 

Keaton plays a very eclectic, intellectual, and interesting women. Although the film centers around a man describing his many romances, one might say the film is actually about amazing, intelligent women standing up for themselves, communicating their needs, then saying no and courageously leaving when they are not heard. Also, Carol Kane who briefly plays Alison, is just beautiful--another eclectic, intellectual, and interesting character.

Still, the film may appear esoteric and inaccessible for others. And the film definitely romanticizes seeing an "analyst" or psychotherapist. There appears to be an insinuation that if you see someone for your problems, you MUST be VERY interesting (like these characters), but I think that's a false idea. Although, in the end Annie (Keaton's character) does find freedom via the psychoanalysis--through self-awareness, introspection, and the therapeutic relationship, so hooray! As a psychotherapist, I of course advocate for therapy, but I in no sense romanticize it like it is in the film.

If not for the intellectual rambling, watch Annie Hall for a glimpse of a young and handsome Christopher Walken. 

-Jasmine Celeste

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