9. ANNIE HALL (1977)

Alvy Singer is a neurotic comedian who desperately wants to analyze his relationship with his former girlfriend Annie Hall. Film traces the course of their relationship from their first meeting, and serves as an interesting historical document about love in the 1970s. 

After breaking up with Annie, Alvy goes on a stream of consciousness journey through his memories of their relationship, trying to find out what caused them to part ways. The beginning is romantic. Then problems arise. He is not too enthusiastic about her idea of moving in with him, and leaving her flat. He dislikes her habit of smoking weed before having sex and her lack of education. After applying to university she soon gets attracted to a professor. Alvy and Annie broke up in a fight. He tries to calm down, starts a new relationship but with no success. After a while she calls him and they start again, convinced they will make it this time. Everything looks wonderful. But soon they both reveal to their shrinks that the relationship has gone sour again. After visiting California they break up, peacefully this time. Alvy is proud about their calm transcend from relationship to friendship. He tries to date another woman but again with no success. He gets a panic attack and flies to California where Annie is in a happy relationship. She rejects him. He gets so upset that he ends up in prison. After coming back to New York he writes a play about their relationship, but with a happy ending. He meets her again later in New York with some other guy. They go for lunch as friends, remembering their good time. At the end he realises that although relationships are absurd and irrational, we still need to go through them. We need to believe they are not what they are.

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