Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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Starring: Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Max Von Sydow, Carrie Fisher, Maureen O’Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan (his final film), Sam Waterston, Julie Kavner (aka Marge Simpson), Daniel Stern

Director: Woody Allen

Summary: Three sisters deal with their troubled relationships amidst the wonders of New York City

Other Nominations: Director, Supporting Actor (Caine)*, Supporting Actress (Wiest)*, Original Screenplay*, Art Direction, Film Editing

Great ensemble piece that does an exceptional job of fleshing out its large cast of characters, giving the five main ones distinct and interesting personalities and plots-something that’s always difficult with these kind of movies. The cast is very strong across the board, even if I’m not sure I would have singled out Caine specifically for Academy Award consideration, much less a win; Wiest is excellent though and deserved her award. I was surprised that it really was more of a drama than a comedy (although there’s certainly plenty of funny lines/moments), but one of Allen’s many strengths is that he can balance those out into a tonally coherent movie as he does here. Overall, it definitely warmed up to me more and more over the course of the film and I was really enjoying by the end.

Rating: B+

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