Search the Lounge

Categories

« Call For Papers: Conference On Social Justice Feminism | Main | The Class Notes Section of the Yale Law Report Jumps the Shark »

February 15, 2012

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Kelly Anders

This is by far the most intriguing match-up to date, and I am torn. Wilder and Allen are two of my favorite writers, and each of these films broke new ground in a similar genre (a melange of comedy, drama, and social commentary with a wistful twist). But "The Apartment" offers a depth and subtext not found in "Annie Hall" (which is also a nuanced, multi-layered effort). The former gave a jab to the sometimes hypocritical social mores of its time (the early 1960s), while the latter embraced and helped to define the time of its release in the 1970s. I haven't read Time's overview, but I suspect Allen was a great admirer of Wilder's work (and, perhaps, vice versa). The characters portrayed by Keaton and MacLaine were also groundbreaking depictions of independent women. But "The Apartment" has a poignancy and message that "Annie Hall" does not. In the former, there's a method to the madness; in the latter, madness and quirkiness are the message. With great hesitancy, I am inclined to vote for Wilder (although I agree of the greater likelihood of an Allen win). As for my favorite Allen film, for the record, nothing quite compares to "Take the Money and Run" (1969).

The comments to this entry are closed.

StatCounter

  • StatCounter
Blog powered by Typepad