Acclaimed coming-of-cinematic-age film for Allen is based in part on his own life. His love affair with Hall/Keaton is chronicled as an episodic, wistful comedy commenting on family, love, loneliness, communicating, maturity, driving, city life, careers, and various other topics. Abounds with classic scenes, including future star Goldblum and his mantra at a cocktail party; Allen and the lobster pot; and Allen, Keaton, a bathroom, a tennis racket, and a spider. The film operates on many levels, as does Keaton's wardrobe, which started a major fashion trend. Don't blink or you'll miss several future stars in bit parts. Expertly shot by Gordon Willis.
Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.
Oscars 1977: Actress (Keaton), Director (Allen), Orig. Screenplay, Picture; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1977: Actress (Keaton), Director (Allen), Film, Screenplay; Directors Guild 1977: Director (Allen); Golden Globes 1978: Actress--Mus./Comedy (Keaton); L.A. Film Critics 1977: Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review 1977: Support. Actress (Keaton), Natl. Film Reg. 1992;; N.Y. Film Critics 1977: Actress (Keaton), Director (Allen), Film, Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1977: Actress (Keaton), Film, Screenplay; Writers Guild 1977: Orig. Screenplay.
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