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Hannah and Her Sisters
Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Here's what's weird: I can now see in this old favorite the seeds of everything I dislike about his recent films. Much of the dialogue is clunkily expository and/or tin-eared; supporting characters (e.g. Daniel Stern's gauche rock star) often function as straw-man caricatures; source music is used as a cudgel. Yet it's mostly glorious, and I spent the whole damn movie trying in vain to pinpoint the difference. In the end, I think Tarantino may be right, at least in this case and some others: Woody's just old now, and his work has become correspondingly creaky, with its highs diminished and its flaws hugely magnified. In any case, he was unmistakably at the top of his game here—though he's…
Woody Allen really is a fantastic writer and director, we all know that. He is always able to create amazing characters, fantastic dialogues, simple stories with situations that could happen and real life and none of his stories ever felt forced. All feel real and actually very believable. Hannah and Her Sisters is no exception.
An amazing comedy/drama script, that tell us the stories of multiple characters all connected because of three sisters Hannah, Lee and Holly. Family interations, romances, dramatic discoveries or even hilarious moments it's what you are going to find throughout the story.
All of the performances are absolutely fantastic, everyone is able to play their parts in the perfect way possible. Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen himself…
On some days, this is my favorite Woody film, edging out Annie Hall just slightly and the tipping point has to be Michael Caine. He transforms himself into the antithesis of Jack Carter. The Woody dialogue rolls off his tongue so naturally, it's a shame they never worked together again. Every little mannerism and insecurity goes noticed, but it's never pompous or showy. He's playing a man in midlife crisis with secrets and desires that he cannot express clearly and he is a fully fleshed character.
The whole cast is on fire. All their interactions and inner monologues are lived in and their midlife woes and sorrows feel instinctive and driven and they all have arcs that leave them somewhere…
Performances : 7.4/10
Story : 8.4/10
Production : 8.2/10
Overall : 8/10
"Jeez, I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I'm never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts. And after all, who knows, I mean maybe there is something, nobody really knows. I know 'maybe' is a very slim reed to hang your whole life on, but that's the best we have. And then I started to sit back, and I actually began to enjoy myself."
Hannah and Her Sisters contains one of the best ensemble casts that I've seen in a while. No offense, August: Osage County, but for a good time I'll take Woody, Farrow, Fisher, Caine, O'Sullivan and Max von Sydow any…
Or rather, Hannah and Her Sisters and Woody Allen's Loosely-Related Character Who's Afforded the Screentime of a Less Loosely-Related Character by Virtue of Being Played by the Director.
It seems to me that this is not so much the best Woody Allen film (Annie Hall) nor the most original (The Purple Rose of Cairo) as it is the quintessential Woody. There's a large cast of neurotic artists (including Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest), a bevy of loving/semi-pornographic shots of New York locales, an episodic structure, one-liners galore, plenty of marital discord, heartwarmingly inappropriate affairs, Woody's inability to have sex properly, a life-affirming love of film, attempts to identify with religion (and subsequent failures), and a host of smart-but-not-obscure literary, theatrical,…
A shaky theory: Hannah and Her Sisters seems to mark the turning point after which Woody Allen's work becomes more variable in quality. It's also the film where he comes up with a satisfactory answer (The Marx Brothers) to the central question that runs through his film (Where can we find a reason to live in a seemingly meaningless universe?). Allen has said that he regrets the ending, considering it a cop-out, and subsequent movies like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Husbands and Wives, Blue Jasmine and many more seem to partly exist to refute his character's epiphany at a screening of Duck Soup, as well as the film's general sense of warmth and generosity towards its flawed but sympathetic characters. Could…
Ay ¿Qué puedo decir de esta película? Es una de mis favoritas de Woody. Super recomendada.
A great capture of real life relationships, and I really loved the characters. I know that Woody putting himself in his own films is one of his things, but he was the absolute weakest link. Michael Caine is marvelous.
As Jonathan Rosenbaum pointed out, Allen's films are mostly a self-serving, feel-good experience for the middle class. Just like Sofia Coppola, who is obsessed with elitist boredom. Not that the self-contained natures of their catalouges guarantee a dismissal. Thing is, Allen is not that big of a thinker, and his craft of imagery is not that impressive either. A re-visit of Hannah and Her Sisters reveals too many weaknesses that I can't even list out here. For example, the moment when Allen character was trying to search for a new religion for his soul appears to be deeply offensive to me. Was it supposed to be a joke? Allen skimmed through his character's crisis and caressed only the surface. Of…
Hannah and her Sisters is a timeless dramatic comedy about growth, love, and redemption. My review: amateurcinephile.com/2014/02/23/hannah-and-her-sisters-1986/
This was pretty wonderful. So many great characters and performances; Woody, Michael Caine and Mia Farrow especially. Weird to see the mum from Black Swan in her thirties. Woody’s reaction to the punk band! Caine’s inner monologue reminded me of Matthew Broderick’s in Election, so lame and hilarious. Just had this really great atmosphere throughout and was genuinely heartwarming in places. Woody’s made some damn nice movies.
Woody once again pays homage to the 3 A's: Architecture, Anxiety, and, um...Woman...
Another golden screenplay from Woody.
For me, it's no contest. This is Woody Allen's best film. I've seen it countless times and it never gets old. There are scenes here that can only be described as magical. I love everything about it.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…