Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters
Comedy
Drama, Romance
1986

Director: Woody Allen CastMia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen, Maureen O’Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Carrie Fisher, Max von Sydow, Sam Waterston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lewis Black, Christian Clemenson, Julie Kavner, J.T. Walsh, John Turturro, Richard Jenkins, Daniel Stern, Verna O. Hobson, Fred Melamed, Joanna Gleason

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Caine); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Dianne Wiest); Best Original Screenplay (Woody Allen)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Director (Woody Allen); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Film Editing

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Did You Know? According to USA Today, when the film was released, there was a movement that tried to make Woody Allen’s script the first screenplay to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Quotables: MICKEY: No. Why? Is it healthier to have problems in both ears?

And now a Word from the Guise:
I was really expecting to dislike this movie a lot, as Woody Allen films are always pedantic, misogynistic, pretentious, chauvinistic, and always have the word “ironic” somewhere in there. And yes, this film is all of these things, and almost goes the entire film without “ironic” making an appearance. And yes, it’s like a wet dream for the possessive, controlling, sexist male ego. But the cinematographic expression is excellent, particularly the shots where two people are having a conversation with one of them standing behind a wall. I know panning shots around a table aren’t anything new in the world of cinema, but I was really taken with the panning shot of the three sisters out at lunch; the timing was perfectly coordinated with the delivery of the characters’ dialogue.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233