alvy-singer

Although Annie Hall is now heralded as one of the most influential and inventive romantic comedies of all time, director and co-writer Allen’s original mission was not to make a relationship picture. Allen and his writing partner, Marshall Brickman, instead conceived of the story as a general exploration of the main character’s life and psyche, which was to to be filled with romantic, mysterious, and fantastical subplots in equal parts.

The project, reflecting protagonist Alvy Singer’s persistent malaise, was first titled Anhedonia, a somewhat archaic psychiatric term referring to the inability to feel joy. The first cut of the movie ran about 140 minutes—almost 50 minutes longer than the final version.

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“After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I… I realized what a terrific person she was, and… and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I… I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.“ - Annie Hall (dir. Woody Allen)

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And I thought of that old joke. This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, my brother’s crazy. He think he’s a chicken.’ The doctor says, ‘Why don’t you turn him in?’ The guy says, ‘I would, but I need the eggs.’ Well, I guess that’s, now, how I feel about relationships, They’re totally irrational, crazy and absurd. But I guess we keep going through it because most of us need the eggs.