Hannah and Her Sisters
There’s something eerie about Woody Allen’s versatility. While some would be quick to accuse Allen of making the same film over and over again with the same archetypes repeatedly, his ability to oscillate between genres, tones, and moods is astonishing. He can do straight romantic comedy (Scoop), humane dramedy (Annie Hall/Manhattan), laugh out loud absurdity (Love and Death/Bananas), Keaton and Chaplin inspired slapstick (Sleeper), Bergman-esque ruminations on human contact (Another Woman, Interiors, Hannah and Her Sisters, and September), German Expressionist comedies (Shadows and Fog), and even put comedy and tragedy up against one another to juxtapose and complement (Crimes and Misdemeanors/Melinda and Melinda). With his newest film, Blue Jasmine, Allen comes the closest he’s been in years to perfection and the closest he’s come in his career to making a horror film.
2012 in Film: #40
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) | Directed by Woody Allen
Thoughts: Superb Woody Allen film. Funny and heart wrenching. The cast is terrific, especially Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest. Allen is in full form here. While not exactly the same kind of comedy vs. drama as Crimes and Misdemeanors, those two elements do contrast one another throughout the film. It’s a beautiful, hilarious, and touching film.