10 landmark films by Woody Allen

Woody Allen, one of the most important figures in American cinema history, celebrates his 81st birthday today. Here is a list of 10 of his landmark films (up to this point) in chronological order.

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7. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)

It’s selfishly a shame that the Allen/Farrow legacy ended in pure bitterness, as a result of private drama. Together, they made movie magic, beginning with A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982) right through to Husbands and Wife, released in 1992, the year in which the couple separated.

Farrow fulfilled the feminine sensibilities of Allen; she channelled this side of his filmmaking which, as a result, came progressively more to the fore.

Hannah and Her Sisters is a film that revolves around the world of three sisters and their extended family. Aside from the optimist feel and great penmanship of the dialogue, the film also openly refers in structure to Allen’s hero, Ingmar Bergman, and Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960), as the title implies.

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