It’s a bit controversial these days, being a Woody Allen fan. I’ve had some awkward conversations at dinner parties, because of his personal life – but to me his personal life has no bearing on his films. I’ve been slowly (very slowly) working through his back catalogue, and this had been on my list for ages.
January 30, 2016
27. Play It Again, Sam, 1972
Recently divorced neurotic living in San Francisco attempts to date a series of women, guided (in his head) by his hero, Humphrey Bogart. What I love about Woody Allen’s earlier films is the physical comedy, the absolute lack of vanity, and some scorching one-liners. This doesn’t disappoint, and the ending is sublime. 4/5.