Aristotle defined comedy as an imitation of men worse than the average where tragedy was an imitation of men better than the average. However, the characters portrayed in comedies were not worse than average in every way, only insofar as they are Ridiculous, which is a species of the Ugly. The Ridiculous may be defined as a mistake or deformity not productive of pain or harm to others; the mask, for instance, that excites laughter is something ugly and distorted without causing pain.
Donald Symington as Mr. Hall Joan Newman as Mrs. Several actors who went on to more fame had small parts in the movie: John Glover as Annie's actor boyfriend, Jerry; Jeff Goldblum as a man who "forgot [his] mantra " at Tony Lacey's Christmas party; and Sigourney Weaverin her film debut, in the closing sequence as Alvy's date at the movie theater.
The pair discussed the project on alternative days, sometimes becoming frustrated and rejecting the idea. Allen wrote a first draft of a screenplay within a four-day period, sending it to Brickman to make alterations.
According to Brickman, this draft centered on a man in his forties, someone whose life consisted "of several strands. One was a relationship with a young woman, another was a concern with the banality of the life that we all live, and a third an obsession with proving himself and testing himself to find out what kind of character he had.
It was originally a drama centered on a murder mystery with a comic and romantic subplot. Both Alvy and Allen were comedians. His birthday appears on the blackboard in a school scene;  certain features of his childhood are found in Alvy Singer's;  Allen went to New York University and so did Alvy.
Diane Keaton's real surname is "Hall" and "Annie" was her nickname, and she and Allen were once romantically involved. People got it into their heads that Annie Hall was autobiographical, and I couldn't convince them it wasn't". The director "acted coldly" towards McLuhan, who had to return from Canada for reshooting, and Mordecai Lawnerwho played Alvy's father, claimed that Allen never spoke to him.
There was nothing written about Alvy's childhood home lying under a roller coaster, but when Allen was scouting locations in Brooklyn with Willis and art director Mel Bourne, he "saw this roller-coaster, and And I thought, we have to use this.
In audience testing, this laugh was so sustained that a much longer pause had to be added so that the following dialogue was not lost. Joffe Production"; the two men were Allen's managers and received this same credit on his films from to However, for this film Joffe took producer credit and therefore received the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The title sequence features a black background with white text in the Windsor Light Condensed typeface, a design that Allen would use on his subsequent films.
The other exceptions include a boy's choir "Christmas Medley" played while the characters drive through Los Angeles, the Molto allegro from Mozart 's Jupiter Symphony heard as Annie and Alvy drive through the countrysideTommy Dorsey 's performance of "Sleepy Lagoon",  and the anodyne cover of the Savoy Brown song "A Hard Way to Go" playing at a party in the mansion of Paul Simon's character.
Style and technique[ edit ] Technically, the film marked an advance for the director. He selected Gordon Willis as his cinematographer —for Allen "a very important teacher" and a "technical wizard," saying, "I really count Annie Hall as the first step toward maturity in some way in making films.
The director was known for his comedies and farces, while Willis was known as "the prince of darkness" for work on dramatic films like The Godfather.
They walk and talk, sit and talk, go to shrinks, go to lunch, make love and talk, talk to the camera, or launch into inspired monologues like Annie's free-association as she describes her family to Alvy.
This speech by Diane Keaton is as close to perfect as such a speech can likely be Allen pulls McLuhan himself from just off camera to correct the man's errors personally. In one, Alvy stops several passers-by to ask questions about love, and in another he shrugs off writing a happy ending to his relationship with Annie in his autobiographical first play as forgivable "wish-fulfillment.
I wanted to talk to them directly and confront them. Sometimes he sifts through his memories of the relationship, at another point he stops people on the sidewalk, with one woman saying that "It's never something you do.
That's how people are.In spite of being popular movies with a long and continuous history of production, romantic comedies have won only a few Oscars for Best Picture: It Happened One Night (), You Can’t Take It With You (), The Apartment (), Annie Hall () and Shakespeare in Love ().
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