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Hannah and Her Sisters



Hannah and Her Sisters
Director: Woody Allen
Screenplay Woody Allen
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Featured Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Lloyd Nolan, Max Von Sydow, and Carrie Fisher.
1986



Plot: The movie spans two years in the lives of its large cast of characters - New Yorkers who labor in Manhattan's two sexiest industries, art and money. It begins and ends at family Thanksgiving dinners, with the dinner in the middle of the film acting as a turning point for several lives.


Review:
When considering the question, “Which film turned you into a film buff” this was it. I was living in New York City at the time and I remember the tremendous blend of comedy and dramatic tension the movie created. I was hooked. The acting was great. Despite the fact that Woody was actually in the film, Michael Caine has probably broke the mold for the perfect Woody stand –in. Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Max Von Sydow, and Mia Farrow all had outstanding performances in this film.
Not to demean his earlier films, or his films since; Hannah and Her Sisters represents Woody at the pinnacle of his career up to this point. Who knows, with his recent string of films it seems he is on the rebound and perhaps could surpass “Hannah”. The film won Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest), and Best Screenplay written for the Screen (Woody Allen).
There is a key scene where the three sisters are eating lunch, and as the camera rotates around the table showing each women’s face Woody demonstrates that he is more than just a comedian, he is a master at creating dramatic tension as well. This movie is rated PG-13 and is enthusiastically recommended for that audience.