View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Woody Allen Film

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  • Annie Hall

    1 12.50%
  • Manhattan

    2 25.00%
  • Crimes and Misdemeanours

    0 0%
  • Husbands and Wives

    0 0%
  • Love and Death

    1 12.50%
  • Stardust Memories

    1 12.50%
  • Hannah and her Sisters

    0 0%
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    0 0%
  • Other

    3 37.50%
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    He goes to a school reunion. Finds himself looking the youngest. Everyone looks like they have their accomplishments behind them. He feels he has still not found his feet - time running out on such things. Even feels he probably looks older to his classmates. Does not have youth on his side as much as he thinks. Comes back to promptly end things with his wife. His excesses and indiscretions we come to know of, don't bother us (me). His predicament (?) is engaging.

    And then the woman who cared and nurtured him in worst moment - he has to give the bad news to her at a dramatic time. It brings out the side of her he has (we have) never seen. The maternal creature is not to be seen. And there goes the novel (misery turned into gold-dust? Even a reversal of Alvy quoting Balzac: there goes another novel).

    The previous night he talks to Winona (the lines I am searching for) he talks about knowing her with the conviction of one who created her. She is the one in his previous books he says. The romantic imagination of having anticipated her, the illusion of having created her (the thrill of perfect understanding that the counterpart can thus anticipate) are brought out well.

    Couldn't help thinking of two quotes. One the waeldfamous one by Clementine in ESoTSM

    Clementine: too many guys think I am a concept or I complete them...

    And Inception....

    Mal: I'm the only thing you do believe in anymore.
    Cobb: I wish. I wish more than anything. But I can't imagine you with all your complexity, all your perfection, all your imperfection. Look at you. You are just a shade of my real wife. You're the best I can do; but I'm sorry, you are just not good enough.

    Also Winona Ryder mEla andha kaalathulayE oru idhu
    So when she reacts the way she does in that scene, lightA emotion aayittEn.

    Apparently she should have done Melinda and Melinda - which again is another lovely film despite Well Ferrel, incorrigibly lazy ending.

    Same film, problems of course - pazham dhaaNdi periya vishayam.
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    Stumbled on this. Woody already propecising that folks won't take him seriously.

    " நல்ல படம் , சுமாரான படம் என்பதையெல்லாம் தாண்டியவர் நடிகர் திலகம் . சிவாஜி படம் தோற்கலாம் ..சிவாஜி தோற்பதில்லை." - Joe Milton.

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    Before PR's post on S & L, might I add that Samantha Morton's performance is one of the greatest perfs last century, and more of an achievement than any of L'Artiste. Penn is brilliant too.
    ...an artist without an art.

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    Based on Harpo Marx, right?
    " நல்ல படம் , சுமாரான படம் என்பதையெல்லாம் தாண்டியவர் நடிகர் திலகம் . சிவாஜி படம் தோற்கலாம் ..சிவாஜி தோற்பதில்லை." - Joe Milton.

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    Yight.
    ...an artist without an art.

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    Sweet and Lowdown
    Woody makes me likes the films that I am wired to hate.

    Music - who me?
    Superficial characterization
    Half baked character developments
    Following the life and quirks of a character who half-delivers on the 'interesting-ness' promise
    'I get it, will you move on' level repetition of quirks, lines
    A few throwaway good moments do not a movie make
    Sudden gag-scenes, enjoyable standalone, but whose feel has nothing to do with that of the rest of the movie

    If any other filmmaker who dared put up such an offering - I'd've roundly questioned his right to be continue in the business.
    I'd alternate between annoyance of wasting time on a film I didn't "get" and the self-pity of not being able to 'get' them.

    But I liked this one.

    And it's not like anything has changed. I am likely to react the same way when I see such a movie by someone else.
    But this one, I liked.
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    Isn't the film about the very difficulty of 'characterizing' the artist? Especially an Artist who is a lousy prick, & as emotional reclusive as Emmet. "Emmet is an artist and because he's an artist he needs no one", isn't the film about that 'lack of connection'? Samantha's character functions as that 'connection', standing in for the audience, who have one-way connection with the Emmet, deriving pleasure from his work but the latter refutes to seek approval or meaningful exchange. Especially an Artist who is as gifted as Emmet, second only to Django..

    I like both his pseudo-documentary work, Zelig & this..
    ...an artist without an art.

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    Yes it is as all that.
    I am saying, with any other director I'd've been like: "big deal. Make it engaging. Don't assume I'm interested etc."

    So half the time I was conscious about feeling: "oh so this how people feel about those movies which I wonder how people can like"
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    I hate you for that, but you know that already.
    ...an artist without an art.

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    Another Woman
    Good. Lazy fellow. Konjam tight-A ezhudhi irukkalaam.
    paraalla.
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