Saturday, November 12, 2011

Battle Of The Oscar Stars: Best Picture 1977

To adore the Best Picture winner of 1977, is to love the title character.

Per usual, Woody Allen starred, directed, and wrote the screenplay, but the film is a lasting legacy because of Diane Keaton, and her role as spirited lounge singer, Annie Hall.

As this is a film in my own beloved collection, I decided to take this opportunity and pay tribute to the film with the title character in mind.

Allen wrote an amusing script as much about his childhood as his actual relationship with Keaton (Side note. Just had a light bulb: with a nickname like Annie, and a birth last name Hall, Keaton is literally Annie Hall), but each time I watch the film I find myself more annoyed by the solo Allen scenes and push more for the scenes featuring both him and Keaton. Although, it has to be said that Allens' cocaine-sneeze incident  is one with a permanent spot in the comedic history books.

With a no nonsense, spunky take on the world we all get why Alvy (Allen's character) can't be without Annie, and why she remains a beloved iconic moment in pop culture.

Audiences were just as thrilled with her character, even making Hall an unforeseen fashionista. Inspired by one look in particular, the film started a craze of women flocking to menswear.

All of the clothing in the film turned out to be Keaton's own pieces, which brings up an interesting thought; where does real life end and the film begin?

As much of this film's history relies on the costuming, I channeled my inner "style" blogger (we all have one), and ventured into the bitter weather for an "Annie Hall visits the PNW in the fall" inspired photoshoot! These days she would totally dump the khakis and swap in some corduroy.

["la de dah, la de dah"]

As I don't have a serious bone in my body, I definitely found myself easily identifying with the sillier nature of the character.

Rumpled White Woven: High School Orchestra
Tie: Dad
Brown Cords: Old Navy
Patent Leather Shoes: Goodwill
Straw, "Anne Of Green Gables", Sun Hat: Target

(Dressing up in costume and photo shoots? Always enjoyable. Me thinks this will happen more often.)

With all the picture taking and beaming sentiments, it is evident how I feel about this movie, but I also think that Annie Hall is an excellent way to be introduced to the work of Woody Allen.

Even with Keaton as the lasting impression, there is much more quirky humor to enjoy (a scene involving a visit to Annie's family is making me laugh just at the thought of it) and at the heart the film is about the relationships we make and cherish throughout our life. Some work out and others don't, but they happened, and that is what's important. The final montage in the film says everything.

For your consideration as the next movie to top your queue.

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