Episode 8 – Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
This month we’re embroiling ourselves in romantic entanglements whilst battling an existential crisis as we look back in appreciation of Woody Allen’s 1986 romantic drama-comedy Hannah and Her Sisters.
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Annie Hall (1977) dir. Woody Allen, USA
Stardust Memories (1980) dir. Woody Allen, USA
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) dir. Woody Allen, USA
Aliens (1986) dir. James Cameron, USA
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) dir. Robert B. Weide, USA
“Just You, Just Me” (1954) w: Raymond Klages & Jesse Greer, p: Nat King Cole
“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (1964) w: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, p: Barbra Streisand
“You Made Me Love You” (1941) w: Joseph McCarthy & James V. Monaco, p: Harry James
“Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra” (1717-1723) w: Johann Sebastian Bach, p: The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra
In 2010 The Guardian named Hannah and Her Sisters the seventh-best romantic comedy of all-time. Certainly many current rom-coms could take a hint or three from Allen’s masterpiece.
Want to go on your own Star Maps journey of New York City to see the locations in the film? Just check out this page, and then recreate David’s architecture tour with Holly and April as you meander through Central Park West, Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue.
Woody Allen has obviously never been the best judge of his own work. He frequently cites Annie Hall, Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters as three “disappointments”. What are his favourite films? Stardust Memories, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Match Point. But why does he feel that his three most critically lauded films were failures? Find out here.
Carrie Fisher, who plays April in Hannah and Her Sisters, passed away in December 2016. She’s most famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, but certainly had many amazing roles throughout her career, in addition to her other work. Find out some of the best of her work here.
Turner Classic Movies wrote an eye-opening retrospective on Hannah and Her Sisters which is well worth the time for any fans of the movie.
The Woody Allen fan-site Woody Allen Wednesdays does a “screening companion” for each of his films. Check out more tidbits of trivia and information on this and other Allen films.
Here’s the Reel Club article that we reference in the podcast. One of the best write-ups of the film available anywhere on the web.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at Alfred Hitchcock’s prototypical voyeur murder-mystery masterpiece “Rear Window”.