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Annie Hall DVD

Theatrical Release: April 20, 1977. The film was shot on location in New York and Los Angeles, as well as New Jersey, Amagansett, NY, and Wisconsin. ANNIE HALL was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992. The film was nominated for, and won, the Best Picture Academy Award, but Allen did not attend the ceremonies, choosing instead to play his clarinet at Michael's Pub in New York, the city where he lives and works. The film was the first comedy since TOM JONES in 1963 to win Best Picture. ANNIE HALL is number 4 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies and number 31 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. The film was originally called ANHEDONIA but was changed just a few weeks before release. Anhedonia is the clinical condition in which someone is unable to experience joy. ANNIE HALL was originally shot as a murder mystery, but when it was determined that the romantic comedy was the best part of the film, all references to the murder mystery were edited out. The film marks the fourth pairing of Keaton and Allen, who were an offscreen couple at the time. The film in actuality chronicles the end of their relationship. Diane Keaton's real last name is Hall. Diane Keaton performs the songs "It Had to Be You" and "Seems Like Old Times" in the film. The costumes in the film (especially those by Ralph Lauren) kicked off the Annie Hall look, which featured menswear for women, big leather and straw shoulder bags, and hats. Media scholar Marshall McLuhan and TV host-author Dick Cavett make cameo appearances in the film as themselves. When Alvy and Annie are in the park making fun of the people around them, Alvy points out one gentlemen as being the winner in a Truman Capote look-alike contest; the part is actually played by the real Truman Capote in an uncredited cameo. Sigourney Weaver made her feature-film debut in ANNIE HALL. The film features Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Walken, Shelly Hack, John Glover, and Beverly D'Angelo in minor roles. Christopher Walken's last name is spelled Wlaken in the closing credits. The film marked singer-songwriter Paul Simon's film debut.

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