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Hannah and Her Sisters

The Woody Allen Collection: Volume Three

  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Radio Days
  • Zelig

  • Summary
  • Hannah and Her Sisters is Woody Allen Unplugged. It is everything we associate with him, free of decoration. It has the simple white on black titles, the popular jazz song score, the Manhattan settings, the affluent white people standing around talking. It is, amongst his great films, small and unambitious, but a classic even so. Mia Farrow, Dianne Weist and Barbara Hershey star as the titular characters, respectively, and as they play out typically witty love triangles, disappointments, and neuroses (with the help of Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow, Sam Waterston, and Allen himself), the writer-director, in peak form, poignantly illuminates the no-man's-land that hovers in the shadows between thoughts and actions, intentions and results, drama and truth. For all its soul searching and interpersonal treachery, Hannah enjoys the happiest ending of all Allen's great films, and it is the warm and welcome affirmation of our complex lives that Allen's masterpiece richly deserves. Both Caine and Weist won Oscars for their supporting performances, as did Allen for his screenplay. Presented in a fine, though by no means meticulous, 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital mono (Allen's preferred audio format). Trailer, keep-case.
    —Gregory P. Dorr

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