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Annie Hall

Directed by Woody Allen

USA, 1977

Cornerhouse, 10 February 2013

Annie Hall

Woody Allen is Jewish.

That’s one thing you’ll learn from this film, if you didn’t already know it.

He also makes sense of his life through jokes, well, why wouldn’t he?  He is, or was, a comedian.  Jokes are a source of wisdom to him, a way of understanding the world.

This is not a perfect Woody Allen film, but it’s pretty funny.  There are plenty of good jokes, some moments of formal invention (e.g. the wheeling on of Marshall McLuhan) and it says a few things about human relationships.  Well, one thing actually and that little more profound than: ‘Women, you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them, so best to live with them.’

Just enjoy the jokes, then.

Annie Hall is showing again on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Matinee Classics season, further details are here.