Considered by many to be Woody Allen’s best film, even over Annie Hall. Hannah and Her Sisters follows a multitude of characters: Hannah (Mia Farrow), who plays den mother to her extended family; her sister Lee (Barbara Hershey), emotional and a bit of a flake, who’s involved with a much older artist (Max Von Sydow), who treats her like a child; and Hannah’s other sister, Holly (Dianne Wiest), a neurotic who feels incapable of managing her life. Hannah’s husband Elliot (Michael Caine) falls in love with Lee, which sets off a series of upheavals. Allen gives one of his best performances as Hannah’s ex-husband Mickey, who—much like Allen himself—is obsessed with death and unhappiness. But a simple summary doesn’t begin to capture the warmth and intimacy of this movie; though the story follows a capsizing family, the outcome is surprising, joyous, and richly human. –Bret Fetzer
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in NYU’s film program, and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television; during his five-year in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination. He eventually decided to try his hand as a stand-up performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP. With 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special… read more
Another great Allen film. The voiceover worked wonderfully, the screenplay was great, every performance was spot-on, & the segmented structure of the film surprisingly worked. Thankfully the film isn't bogged down in drama with Allen's comedic segments of existentialism generating the most laughs. The moment that won me over was Allen's "solution" to his crisis, which involved watching one of my favorites, Duck Soup.
Objectively a superb neat movie made of intersecting stories. All T's crossed, all i's dotted. Also a moving experience. So much so that you almost know what the characters will say or do before they take action. I loved this film not for it's events but for it's jazz, which precisely (and effortlessly) carry it along, bringing each character's crisis to fruition, and leaves only Mickey's realization: it's just life, why not enjoy that which you've been given.
Acabei de rever o “Hannah and Her Sisters”. Filme fundamental de Woody Allen, tanto mais pois concilia de forma quase perfeita as duas vertentes recorrentes do seu cinema: o drama (entre famílias… read review
Although in my Woody Allen Films list I place this movie in the third position after Annie Hall and Crimes and Misdemeanors, unquestionably, this is one of his finest works. We are thrown into our… read review