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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen
Magnificent moments from the real King Of Comedy

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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen | 7. The Subtitled Balcony Scene
7. The Subtitled Balcony Scene

Film: Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall was originally conceived as a murder mystery, but after being persuaded that those bits didn’t work, Woody took them out, leaving himself with – as chance would have it – the definitive romantic comedy of all time. That’s Woody Allen for you... even when he’s correcting a cock-up he can still hoover up four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and a little golden bald man for Diane Keaton as Annie Hall herself.

Annie Hall is undoubtedly a masterpiece, heralding a distinct change of direction for Allen – gone were the goofy gagfests, here were the thoughtful, introspective, more mature comedies. That said, there are still plenty of wisecracks throughout the film from one-liners like “Hey, don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love,” and fantasy moments like the Marshall McLuhan cameo, not forgetting the opening and closing monologues, Alby’s younger days... we could go on and on. The scene of scenes, however, has to be subtitled balcony scene. Or the lobsters scene. Or the...ah, just watch the movie.

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