Annie Hall - The Opening Scene [HD]
Is Annie Hall The Funniest Screenplay Of All Time? The Experts Think So…
We take a look at the Writers' Guild of America's top 10 comedies and celebrate their funniest quotes. Which one is your favourite?
The Writers’ Guild of America have achieved the impossible by naming their favourite comedies of all time – with Woody Allen’s Annie Hall occupying the top spot – but do you agree?
It’s certainly a tough act to beat. Annie Hall regularly tops the expert polls and for good reason: described by Woody Allen himself as “a major turning point”, this 1977 classic is so much more than a simple romantic comedy. Defying convention, Allen’s ‘romance’ explores the disintegration of a relationship as his character tries to understand what went wrong with Annie – a role written specifically for Diane Keaton. The screenplay’s razor-sharp existential dialogue paved the way for modern comedy. Without it, When Harry Met Sally would never have happened and Sex and the City would be something entirely different.
Conceived as Allen walked around New York, Annie Hall is as much a love letter written for his beloved city as it is to a lost relationship. Many have imitated this classic film since it hit the big screen nearly 40 years ago, yet very few have captured its magic.
Which brings us to the Writers’ Guild of America’s ultimate top 10 funniest screenplays of all time. We take a look and celebrate their funniest quotes…
1. Annie Hall, 1977
“It reminds me of that old joke- you know, a guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, hey doc, my brother’s crazy! He thinks he’s a chicken. Then the doc says, why don’t you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”
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