Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) made me want to be a film director.
Maybe it was that rosy glow the film cast over me as a young person, which we try to describe several times in the episode–the cast, the music, the poetry, the setting. Maybe it was the theme that film can change lives, even save them (or at the very least be very entertaining), which happens to Mickey when he sees Duck Soup (1933) late in the film, and is something in which I firmly believe. I wanted to do THAT thing, the thing that was happening to me as I watched.
This movie crystalized my cinematic aspirations, as Woody Allen’s deft hand gave shape to that nascent dream. Now it’s enough to sit back, watch, be entertained, and once in a while, be changed.
What you’ll find in this episode: a lot of discussion of the rosy glow, happy endings and Chekhov, Cole’s arctic wind, and other things I watched in 1986.
Links and Recommendations:
Check out Hannah and Her Sisters on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Sid and Nancy.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Fanny and Alexander.
Roger Ebert’s review of the film
One video, and then another, of songs referenced in the episode for your viewing pleasure