Still Watching is a weekly examination of old TV shows or films.
This week I chose two films directed by Woody Allen. This was my first time seeing Annie Hall, one of Allen’s most iconic works. Thematically, it was standard fare for Allen. I usually enjoy his “small” storytelling, meaning he doesn’t tell epic stories of kings, but of ordinary people struggling through life, trying to find their way through their neuroses. In Annie Hall, though, Allen is constantly employing techniques such as breaking the fourth wall and speaking straight to the camera, jumping back and forth in time, and using point-of-view shots that seem to have no point whatsoever.
In Hannah, Allen’s neuroses drive the narrative in a more effective way. They lead him to questions about the existence of God. As with most of his films, at least the ones I’ve seen, he never reaches any conclusions, but the questions are there, and we can hope that eventually Allen will find the Answer.