Annie Hall is among the most realistic portrayals of romantic relationships in the history of cinema. Woody Allen’s 1977 masterpiece is often misrepresented as a Romantic Comedy but the film’s grasp of the human condition expands far beyond the confines of that category. Love, romance, and even human connection on the simplest emotional levels are far more complicated than Hollywood suggests. Romantic Comedies are essentially escapist entertainment to distract audiences from the absurdities, disappointments, and frustrations of real romance. With Annie Hall, Allen places those realities front and center, forcing the audience to grapple with them just as his character, Alvy, does.
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