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View Poll Results: What is your favorite Woody Allen film?
Bananas
5.50%
Husbands and Wives
0
0%
Crimes and Misdemeanors
8.26%
Hannah and her Sisters
7.34%
The Purple Rose of Cairo
4.59%
Zelig
7.34%
Manhattan
11.93%
Annie Hall
24.77%
Sleepers
5.50%
Other-please specify
24.77%
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Favorite Woody Allen film?

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Favorite Woody Allen film?

A search for previous threads on this topic didn't turn up much. The obvious choice is Annie Hall, but my personal favorite is Manhattan - the gorgeous cinematography, the signature New York locations, the witty banter, it's all there. This was a very tough list to make, with plenty of gems not included below. The toughest for me to leave off was Deconstructing Harry. My choices are a bit slanted towards his older films, and I freely admit to not being as familiar with his newer work. Perhaps folks can provide some viewing suggestions in that department.

Bananas
Husbands and Wives
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Hannah and her Sisters
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Zelig
Manhattan
Annie Hall
Sleeper
Other-please specify

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Hannah and Her Sisters is the first Woody Allen film I ever saw, and it's still my favorite, with Annie Hall a close second. I can't stand his newer films, i.e. anything after Crimes and Misdemeanors, which is my third favorite.

Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
The obvious choice is Annie Hall, but my personal favorite is Manhattan
...and yet you voted for Annie Hall?

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Originally Posted by RobCA View Post
...and yet you voted for Annie Hall?

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I guess subconsciously Annie will always be my favorite.
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A hard call, but in the end I think Crimes and Misdemeanors is the most perfect film Allen has made. I think the two plot lines, and the brilliant way in which he weaves them together and makes them comment upon one another makes for his most sophisticated film in terms of storytelling.

I also think this provides the capstone to the explorations into Existentialism that Allen's films had been making for over a decade, when C&M was released.

And a stellar performance by Martin Landau.
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona.


Of course, the only other movies of his I've seen are A Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy and Small Time Crooks.

Compared to those two movies, Congo and At First Sight are better movies (and more memorable).
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Annie Hall is his best and my favourite but Manhattan and Crimes and Misdemeanor's come close.... however one that I find I WATCH the most and laugh my ass off is the highly underrated TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN. Hilarious mockumentary that more people should track down IMO.
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Even though I really love Take the Money and Run and Sleeper.... Zelig is pure genius.
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Purple Rose of Cairo got me into his movies, and Zelig was the one I saw after that. Great, fascinating movies. My two favorites, but Purple Rose tops the list for me.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
My choices are a bit slanted towards his older films, and I freely admit to not being as familiar with his newer work. Perhaps folks can provide some viewing suggestions in that department.
Match Point is fantastic. Cassandra's Dream is a bit of the same theme, but Match Point is the better of the two similarly themed movies (IMHO)

I think Scoop was also very good and very fun, and an original concept that shows Woody still has some good movies in him yet.

Anything Else was also pretty darn good, and some say it's a time travel movie. You will have to see it to decide for yourself.


I have to say I am not a big fan of his earlier work. I've seen some of his 70's movies after I got into his films in the 80's but it was his work Manhattan forward that I really prefer to his earlier stuff. Though I like the premise of some of his earlier movies...I wonder what he could do with Sleepers now with 21st century movie making techniques and a bigger budget.
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I know I'll get flamed for this, but

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Kills me every time
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My personal favs are:

Annie Hall
Play It Again, Sam (directed by Herbert Ross though)
Radio Days
Manhattan
Hannah and Her Sisters
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Match Point
Crimes and Misdemeanors
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Annie Hall

Wasn't Manhattan the one where he was dating a minor?
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Zelig is my favorite.
Purple Rose is a close second.

The rest (IMO) is crap.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
Wasn't Manhattan the one where he was dating a minor?
Yes. Life imitates art....

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Love and Death followed by the uneven Bananas, then Sleeper. I'm not really partial to his Bergmanesque forays into the semi-serious.
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My favorite should not come as a surprise.
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This was a very tough call, but I decided to make a distinction. I think Zelig is my favorite Woody Allen film, though I acknowledge it may not be his best, if that makes any sense. Anyway, because of that, I voted for Zelig.
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Originally Posted by Norm de Plume View Post
I'm not really partial to his Bergmanesque forays into the semi-serious.
Watching Interiors or September, one gets the feeling this is the exact kind of weighty, ponderous material that Allen would have skewed perfectly.
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Love And Death is my favorite of his outright comedies (I usually cite it as the funniest movie ever made - though you need to be somewhat literate to get many of the jokes). Manhattan is my favorite of his romantic comedies.

Actually, I can't think of a Woody Allen film that I don't like. He's one of cinema's greats to me, right up there with Kubrick and Hitchcock.
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It has changed a couple of times, but for now it's most definitely Deconstructing Harry.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Watching Interiors or September, one gets the feeling this is the exact kind of weighty, ponderous material that Allen would have skewed perfectly.
Given his great aptitude for comedy, both physical and verbal, his dramas strike me as imitations of things he has seen elsewhere; a film buff's homage instead of an authentic expression of his ideas.
To be fair, I haven't given most of his more recent work a look. I decided early on that I liked his pure, zany comedies of the late-'60s and early-to mid-'70s, and didn't like when he strayed away from that tone and method.
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Take the Money and Run (just for the bologne-in-the-wallet gag if nothing else)

followed by Annie Hall.
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I love that scene when Woody fighting the giant boob.
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Originally Posted by calhoun07 View Post
Match Point is fantastic. Cassandra's Dream is a bit of the same theme, but Match Point is the better of the two similarly themed movies (IMHO)

I think Scoop was also very good and very fun, and an original concept that shows Woody still has some good movies in him yet.

Anything Else was also pretty darn good, and some say it's a time travel movie. You will have to see it to decide for yourself.


I have to say I am not a big fan of his earlier work. I've seen some of his 70's movies after I got into his films in the 80's but it was his work Manhattan forward that I really prefer to his earlier stuff. Though I like the premise of some of his earlier movies...I wonder what he could do with Sleepers now with 21st century movie making techniques and a bigger budget.
I like Match Point. But the problem is, it's basically the "crimes" plot from Crimes and Misdemeanors. Woody plagiarized himself.

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