Saturday, March 03, 2007

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

*****
USA

Woody Allen probably made a couple of better films but none of this scope and none with this multitude of brilliantly observed characters - like the hypochondriac who jumps into denial when his brain scans reveal a menacing growth, or the failed actress who asks her sister for a $2,000 loan and casually reasons she hasn't touched drugs in a year. Everybody's timing is flawless, New York is at its warmest and most romantic and the music - ranging from Cole Porter tunes to Puccini - intoxicating.

wr/dir: Woody Allen
ph: Carlo Di Palma
ed: Susan E. Morse
cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, Carrie Fisher, Julie Kavner, Sam Waterston

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