09 October 2011

Woody Allen's view of life

Annie Hall (1977), winner of the Oscar for best picture, starring Diane Keaton, opens with a comic monologue that can sum up the world view expounded upon – through humour, love and tragedy – in all of Woody Allen’s films. 

His character, Alvy Singer, says: “There’s an old joke. Two elderly women are at a Catskill restaurant. One of them says, ‘Boy, the food at this place is just terrible.’ The other one says, ‘Yeah I know. And such small portions.’ Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life. Full of misery, loneliness and suffering and unhappiness – and it’s all over much too quickly.”
From a collection of jokes from Woody Allen movies posted at The Guardian.

Photo credit Rex Features.

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