WOODY WEDNESDAY Ranking Woody Allen’s 47 movies!!!! Part 20

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I am moving the WOODY WEDNESDAY to a monthly feature on http://www.thedailyhatch.org. My passion has been recent years to emphasize the works of Francis Schaeffer in my apologetic efforts and most of those posts are either on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

The Best & The Rest: Every Woody Allen Film Ranked

This week, Woody Allen‘s 2016 title (for as we all know, there’s one each year), “Cafe Society,” starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Blake Lively and Anna Camp, opens after a warm reception as the opening film at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. You can read our take from Cannes here, or hang on to scroll through and see where it lands on the list below, but we thought this would be a good time to gussy up our previous sprawling two-part Allen retrospective, and because we’ve been a little harmonious around here of late and miss the sounds of sobbing and breaking crockery, to rank it.

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Weathering personal scandal and coming in and out of fashion like flares, Allen’s been at constant work as a director for five decades now, and “Cafe Society” marks his 47th theatrically-released feature. Which means we have a lot to get through, so let’s get straight to it, shall we? Here, ranked worst to best, are all of Woody Allen’s theatrical features —with any list this long, there’s bound to be massive disagreement, so remember, the comments section awaits your ire. Or your congratulations, on the slim chance you agree with all of it.

 

 

 

 

Annie Hall (1977) Best Scenes

Annie Hall – The Opening Scene [HD]

Annie Hall Official Trailer #1 – Woody Allen Movie (1977) HD

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annie hall woody allen diane keaton1. “Annie Hall” (1977)
The film that bridges the so-called early funny ones with the more serious later work that would come, “Annie Hall” is also easily Allen’s most autobiographical film up to that point (and possibly ever) and it landed four major Oscars — Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture. But you know all this — it’s perhaps his most beloved film, named constantly by filmmakers as the Platonic form of the romantic comedy that all others aspire to. And that’s because it’s terrific; insightful, playful, moving and beautifully acted, particularly by Keaton, who essentially creates the manic pixie dream girl archetype here, but has it spring from so deep within that it feels truthful for the first and maybe only time ever. She’s so era-definingly strong, in fact, that the somewhat mean-spirited portrayals of Alvy’s other women (Shelley Duvall and Carol Kane), pale into insignificance. Perhaps not a surprising choice of number 1, but an inevitable one, “Annie Hall” remains one of the apotheoses of cinematic romance because with lacerating wit and an ocean of self-awareness, it describes every moment of a love affair, from dazzle to disillusion, between characters so awkward and hopeful and real that you feel like you’ve lived it yourself. Lah-di-dah.

— with The Playlist Staff

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