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Woody Allen - Whats the best?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by nickyvicar, Mar 21, 2003.

  1. nickyvicar

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    In order to further my quest to collect all the dvds in the world, in what order would you rate these films?

    Annie Hall
    Bananas
    Broadway Danny Rose
    Crimes And Misdemeanors
    Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex
    Hannah and Her Sisters
    Manhattan
    Midsummers Night Sex Comedy
    Purple Rose of Cairo
    Radio Days
    Sleeper
    Zelig

    (3 for £14 - Splash)
     
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    Excellent, another Woody Allen aficionado ! I'd find it far too subjective to put your selection into any particular order, but I would say that there isn't a duff film amongst them.

    If you are a fan of early Woody Allen, you also need to add Take The Money and Run to your list. From the films you mention, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors are probably the most critically acclaimed, but whether that makes them 'better' I couldn't say.... I'd also add that the cinephotography in Manhattan is breathtaking, one of the best examples of the craft. Zelig is notable for mixing the 'film world' into real world stock footage, many years before Zemeckis borrowed the idea for Forest Gump :rolleyes:

    Zelig is also a much funnier and better film IMHO also :D

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    You're not alone there Confucius, I know quite a few people of the same opinion as yourself. Myself, I seem to enjoy the films of both 'era's' equally. Films like Mighty Aphrodite and Bullets over Broadway, seem to bridge the gap to me.....

    Oh, should have also added Love and Death to essential 'early' Allen !

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  4. narabdela

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    Manhattan
    Annie Hall
    Hannah and Her Sisters
    No particular order after those.

    :smashin: :smashin:
     
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    Just my tuppence....but Crimes And Misdemeanors is one of the finest films ever made. As is Annie Hall.

    No collection compete without etc etc...
     
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    Don't like much Woody Allen, but Purple Rose of Cairo is a fave. Sleepers was quite okay too.

    Always fancied getting Deconstructing Harry because of the cast ...
     
  7. Bernard Barnett

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    Slight tangent, I apologise, but what's your favourite line from a Woody Allen movie? Mine (from Annie Hall) is:
    Allen: Those college professors are rubbish, it's all mental masturbation.
    Keaton: Ah, masturbation, now we're getting on to something you know all about.
    Allen: Don't knock masturbation, it's sex with someone I love.

    Agree Annie Hall is his best movie. Sleeper and Love and Death are very funny. Manhattan, as has been said, is an awesome spectacle - pity it's black and white. Can't remember the title of the Bogart spoof - also very funny.
     
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    Didn't he do "Honey I shagged the kids" ?

    Sorry - I couldn't resist that
     
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    Love the early stuff myself.

    Annie Hall

    [In California.]
    Annie : It's so clean out here!
    Alvy: That's because they don't throw their garbage away, they turn it into television shows.

    Duane (Christopher Walken): Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist,I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.

    ALVRY: Right. Well, I have to-- I have to go now, Duane, because I, I'm due back on the planet Earth.

    [After Annie parks the car.]
    Alvy Singer (Allen): Don't worry. We can walk to the curb from here.
     
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    wow people other than Woody Allen find him funny!:D
     
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    Ditto

    But first Sleepers which must have the best twist on an old slapstick gag ever (without spoiling it I’m on about the giant fruit).
    Bananas
    Take the Money and Run
     
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    no-one has metioned 'play it again sam' (1972), one of my favourites - shame its not in the current splashdvd £4.66 sale.
     
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    You are Joking right?? (the black and white bit)
     
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    Never been a major Allen fan, but I do have weakness for "Take The Money & Run".

    It's a perfect length and has some wonderful throw away lines.

    Love the whole chain gang scenario.

    "Gonna go to Mississippi. Gonna see Miss Eliza........."
     
  15. Bernard Barnett

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    Greeny, no I wasn't joking about black and white. I think good colour beats good b&w every time. I know other people feel differently and I hope we're all entitled to our opinions.
     
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    The cinematography in Manhatten is superb. Looks timeless compared to Annie Hall which looks very much like 70's New York. I think this is the effect he was going for, and it works.
     
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    i much prefer LOVE AND DEATH.by far his funniest.
     
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    Of the ones mentioned on the original list I'd have to put "Manhattan", "Annie Hall" and "Radio Days" at the top of my pile. The latter is one his most overlooked titles as well as being one of his warmest and most personal movies.

    Of the stuff not on the list I would plump for "Stardust Memories" - a stunner (R1 only - fans who prefer his "early funny stuff" will love the scene with the aliens) and two latter-day returns to form "Celebrity" and "Deconstructing Harry".

    MGM/UA: You've released every Allen title in your catalogue except "What's New Pussycat"? Great early Woody, great Peter Sellers, great Peter O'Toole, great Bacharach score and one of the grooviest, swinging '60s movies ever (Ursula Andress go-karting in leopardskin furs and kinky boots while pursued by a go-karting Valkyrie anyone?). Where is it then?
     

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