November 14, 2013

Annie Hall's from Chippewa Falls

I was thinking of a quote from the movie Annie Hall as I was going about my business the other day and remembered that Annie's* from the Midwest, specifically, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. I hadn't thought of this movie for such a long time but now remember laughing at Woody's view of Midwesterners and their comparisons to New Yorkers...i.e. this funny little sample of Woody's 1970s Midwest stereotyping in this YouTube scene from the Easter dinner at the Hall residence in Chippewa Falls:

The movie won the 1977 Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. Here are just two more reasons why:

Yep, it made it to book of quotes!
There's an old elderly women are at a Catskill Mountain resort, and one of them says "boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "yeah, I know; and such small portions!" 
Well, that's essentially how I feel about life... full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness...and it's all over much too quickly."

Alvie, you're incapable of enjoying life, you know that? 
I can't enjoy anything unless everybody guy is starving puts a crimp on my evening.

I gotta sit down and watch this one again!

*The character Annie is based on Woody Allen's relationship with Diane Keaton but it's believed her character's hometown of Chippewa Falls was inspired by Allen's friendship with folk singer, Judy Henske, who was born there.

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