Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1972. Paramount Pictures, Rollins-Joffe Productions, APJAC Productions. Screenplay by Woody Allen, based on his play. Cinematography by Owen Roizman. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Billy Goldenberg. Production Design by Ed Wittstein. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Marion Rothman.
Hysterical comedy, adapted by Woody Allen from his own play. He plays a Bogart-obsessed film writer who goes looking for love after his wife leaves him. His friends Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts are constantly trying to find women to set him up with, but Allen grows to realize that the lovely Keaton is the one he really wants. Pairing the two of them up for the first time onscreen, director Herbert Ross deftly lays the blueprints for the later classics Annie Hall and Manhattan, marvelously bringing out Allen’s excellent dialogue and keeping the rhythm of his comedy succinct. It’s a great romantic comedy that still seems fresh and modern today, and is loved by most Allen fans as among his best works (even though it’s one of the few productions of his writing that he didn’t direct).