Annie Hall and Manhattan: Two Different Ways of Looking at New York's Beauty

2541 Words Dec 19th, 2006 11 Pages
Near the end of Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall, Diane Keaton's role as Annie says to Allen's character Alvy Singer, "You're just like New York City. You're an island!" However, the link between Alvy Singer and New York City is not simply a fictional creation. Nor is the connection between Allen's character Isaac Davis and New York in his 1979 film Manhattan fictional adoration. Woody Allen loves New York. It is through the various characters he portrays and through a camera lens that he shows New York in the most majestic and beautiful way that he can. However, both films do so in very different ways. In Woody Allen's Annie Hall and Manhattan, Allen uses the camera lens to convey how big and majestic the city can be. This is done in …show more content…
New York City remains as an object of Woody Allen and both of his character's affection in both Annie Hall and Manhattan. The aspect of weather is one of the key factors in Woody Allen's use of the setting in Annie Hall. While Manhattan's use of New York City gives the city life as a character and as a setting, New York is seen as an extension of Alvy Singer's, and thus Woody Allen's, personality in Annie Hall through the comparison between it and Los Angeles. While most scenes in New York involve the night or gloomy weather, the scenes from Los Angeles involve overly sarcastic musical tones to what is being shot on camera and overbearing sunlight. This becomes incredibly clear in the first scene to take place in Los Angeles. Late in the film, the opening shot for Los Angeles is a panning shot forward on a Beverly Hills street, giving the audience a clear view of a bright and slightly cloudy sky with a ton of brightly colored palm trees. This bright setting is accompanied by a Christmas carol, a musical score seemingly out of place when surrounded by palm trees. The majority of the scene, however, is shot looking onward at Tom's car as Alvy and Annie accompany him in Los Angeles. However, the picture is very unclear because of an overly strong glare of sunlight being reflected off of the convertible's front. This