Annie Hall / Special Valentine’s Day Screening


One of the greatest, and most hilariously neurotic, screen romances of all-time was unleashed upon the world via a comically mismatched relationship between a nerdy New York comedian and his beguilingly ditzy girlfriend in Woody Allen’s iconic, multiple Oscar-winner Annie Hall. “Annie and I broke up, and I still can’t get my mind around that,” admits Woody Allen’s stand-up comic Alvy Singer, and while Diane Keaton’s charming and tightly-wound Annie Hall stammers, stops and starts, laughs nervously, and “lah-dee-dahs,” he looks back on his sometimes moving, often ridiculous difficulties with women (“Sex with you is really a Kafkaesque experience,” observes one-night-stand Shelley Duvall), narrating his own life story, breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the camera in the midst of a scene, and standing in the background of moments of his and Annie’s past – all in service of desperately trying to figure out where it all went wrong with Annie. Along the rocky road to coupling, our screwball couple crack wise on such topics as pretentious New York intellectuals, Los Angeles airheads, endless therapy, movies vs. television, the absurdity of dating rituals, anti-Semitism, drugs, lobsters, and, in one of the film’s best set pieces, repressed Midwestern WASP insanity vs. crazy Brooklyn Jewish nuttiness. Hailed as Allen’s critical breakthrough film – his first (and, many say, his best) attempt to situate real poignancy alongside the laughs – Annie Hall became a box-office blockbuster, started fashion trends (in the form of Keaton’s rumpled menswear look), and became a cultural touchstone for all modern romantic comedies that followed. (Dir. by Woody Allen, 1977, 93 mins., Rated PG) 35mm