If someone asks what your favorite Woody Allen movie is, the easy answer is ANNIE HALL. While I like "Manhattan" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors" better, Annie is certainly in the top three.
At his comedy writing and performing best, Woody stars as comedian Alvie Singer, narrating the tale of his life with hilarious flashback observations on his childhood, family and relationships.
Diane Keaton is new girlfriend Annie Hall, and its one of her best performances, eccentric, sweet and funny.
Everyone from Paul Simon, a young Christopher Walken and Tony Roberts to the smallest bit player are perfectly cast and brilliantly played.
Woody's asides on life and relationships are damn funny and often touching too, as he struggles with relationships, jealousy, falling in and out of love and the difference between LA and NYC, all with some of the best punch lines in film history.
Woody breaks a lot of rules here, turning to face the camera and address the audience directly to introduce flashbacks, but somehow never falling out of character as Alvie.
Best quotes: (after sex with Annie): "that's the most fun I've ever had without laughing"
(Arriving In California): ANNIE: "It's so clean out here!" ALVIE: "That's because they don't throw their garbage away, they turn it into TV shows."
It's a brilliant film, as funny the tenth time as it is the first. Annie gets an A+. La-di-da, La-di da.....