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August 17, 2008



I like your top 5, Pat, especially your inclusion of Manhattan Murder Mystery (it wouldn't be in my top 5, but I like the choice nonetheless). However, I have rewatched Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors in the last year, and I must say that I would emphatically change the order, putting C and M alone at the top of the list.

Still, both movies are all timers. In fact, I show a clip from Hannah and Her Sisters in my film class: the one where Woody tries and fails to kill himself, then goes to a Marx brothers movie and realizes life is worth living. I show it on the first day.


Yeah, I couldn't really settle on a 5th, I was weaned on the earlier comedies like Bananas, Take The Money And Run, Sleeper, Love And Death, but I haven't seen any of them in years. I can't remember Manhattan at all, I should watch these ones again sometime soon. I think The Purple Rose of Cairo is overrated. I remember being very charmed by Manhattan Murder Mystery--it just stayed in my head for some reason.

Crimes and Misdemeanors was in that class of great summer films in 89' (with Do The Right Thing, Goodfellas, and Miller's Crossing), but Hannah And Her Sisters has two of my favorite Woody Allen lines of all time:

Max von Sydow: "If Jesus were alive and here today and saw all of the things being done in his name he would never stop vomiting."

Woody Allen: (answer his wife's query of why Allen's sister's date tied her up and shit on her) "Why? Why? Is there any reasonable answer to that. I don't know why. Human sexuality is a strange thing."

Cousin Kris

"Doooon't speak! Doooon't speak!" Was it good or did it "just" win an Oscar? Maybe it was so bad it was great! BULLETS OVER BROADWAY!

I just looked up Woody on Wiki and was pleased I had seen so many on the list. And of course there's always room for improvement. Did anyone else like, "A Mid-summer Night's Sex Comedy?" Maybe I'm embarrassing myself. I'll have to watch that again.

Shout out to the guys (!) who rate, "Hannah and Her Sisters," so highly. I thought it was a chick flick. Maybe all WA films are chick flicks, though, with the emphasis on the feeeelings. Films both genders can love!

Cousin Kris


Not sure what Woody Allen movies have to do with unrealistic, silly, formulatic comedies for women. After all, Woody is a dude, albeit a nebbish one.

Bullets Over Broadway was good, but not one of his best in my opinion.

Even middling stuff like "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" can be entertaining.

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