Screening of "Annie Hall" – June 1st 2011

Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema Presents:

Annie Hall (15)
Woody Allen
. US, 1977; 93 min.

A wonderful, semi-autobiographical take on modern-day relationships, the price of fame and why New York will always be better than Los Angeles.

Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) is a neurotic comedian, attempting to maintain a relationship with the seemingly ditzy but exuberant Annie (Diane Keaton). The film chronicles their relationship over several years, intercut with various imaginary trips into each other’s history.

After many arguments and reconciliations, the two realize they are fundamentally different and split up. Annie moves in with Tony Lacey (Paul Simon). Annie likes California, but Alvy hates it. Alvy soon realizes he still loves her and tries to persuade her to return with him to New York. He fails and, resignedly, returns home to write a play about their relationship, recycling the conversation they had exchanged in California, but ending with him winning Annie back.

Love stories are rarely this honest, amusing, uplifting/depressing and easy to identify with. It’s a testament to Woody Allen’s skills as a writer, director and actor that Annie Hall is such a witty and penetrating film on the topics which are close to Allen’s heart (romance, New York and death). Diane Keaton is equally convincing as a mixed-up young lady, making the transition to success and stability convincingly. Technically there are some great moments which seamlessly integrate with the movie, such as when the adult Alvy and Annie move, like ghosts, through their past. Occasionally Alvy speaks directly to the camera, mostly to poke fun at his situation by taking a step away from it.

Annie Hall is not a pure comedy, which works to its advantage, but a human drama with plenty of comical moments and a wealth of real emotion. Fragile, beautiful and painfully funny.

Screening on 1st June 2011, Wednesday
Starting time 7.45pm at Leytonstone Library
Entrance £5 (£4 concessions)

* Entrance fee includes a free drink at the Star of India after the show

You can watch a clip of the film here.

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