Hannah And Her Sisters [VHS]
Academy Award-winning comedy drama from Woody Allen. Hannah (Mia Farrow), a wife, mother, successful actress and linchpin to her family, is married to Elliot (Michael Caine), but Elliot is in love with Lee (Barbara Hershey), Hannah's sister. Holly (Dianne Weist), Hannah's other sister, is jealous of Hannah, whilst Mickey (Woody Allen), Hannah's first husband, is convinced he is dying of a brain tumour. When Hannah's world is turned upside down by all her relatives' behaviour, she finds she has to choose between her family and her independence. Oscars were won by Caine, Wiest and Allen (for his screenplay).
From the Back Cover
Sibling rivalry has never been so funny or so poignant as in Oscar.-winning writer/director* Woody Allen's celebrated comedy-drama Hannah And Her Sisters. Winner of three Academy Awards.** including Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and earning four additional nominations including Best Director and Best Picture, this wonderfully wise and witty film stars Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow, Barbera Hersey, Sam Waterson and Carrie Fisher.
Successful businessman Elliot(Caine) is supposedly happily married to cute and corky Hannah (Farrow). But secretly Elliot harbours passionate feelings for Lee (Hershey), Hannah's stunningly beautiful sister. Meanwhile, Holly (Weist), sister number three has confusing love entanglements of her own. A piercingly funny examination of the ups and downs and unexpected twists of human relationships.Hannah And Her Sisters is a rare gem.
Top Customer Reviews
For some reason, Woody's movies never get the full DVD treatment, and here we receive no narratives, documentaries or interviews. The DVD menu is bland and cheaply done. We are not even offered Dolby sound, though I concede that the movie was originally recorded in mono. What we do get is the movie, dubbed in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian) and theatrical trailer.
Woody is an important figure in cinema but not huge box-office. That may explain why MGM lavishes so little attention on the DVDs of his work.
(Mild spoiler) It features a rare movie happy ending that's actually earned!
This is probably the closest to Annie Hall of all Woody Allen films in the mix of wit, technical proficiency, sophisticated style, acting, emotion, etc. He takes a bevy of characters and creates a complex heartfelt portrait of family, lovers, friends, and artists that's funny but with insightful bite. A rare film that acknowledges how wonderful life is, without denying how hard it can be at the same time. Or at least how hard we find ways to make it.
The film provides another example of Allen's take on life, as mixed between tragedy and comedy - albeit without a clear demarcation in all cases. But, for me, Allen achieves this mix much more effectively in one of his film classics, Crimes and Misdemeanours, than he does here.
As has become Allen's trademark, there are a number of narrative threads running through the film. Actress Hannah (solidly played by Mia Farrow) and her two sisters, Lee (Barbara Hershey, in easily her best film role for me) and Holly (played by the much underrated Dianne Wiest) provide the central storylines. Hannah's husband Elliot (Michael Caine) becomes obsessed by Lee, who herself is suffering marriage ructions with her artist husband Frederick (played with admirable gravity by Max von Sydow), and the two embark on a passionate affair. Meantime, (ex-)drug addict Holly is struggling to find her path in life, rapidly moving between the various men in her life and numerous career paths, much to the dismay of sister Hannah. The other main storyline features Hannah's ex-husband, TV producer Mickey Sachs (played by Allen), who is also beginning to despair at life and obsessing that he has a terminal medical condition. Following some hilarious diagnosis scenes with various doctors, Mickey is given the all clear, at which point he decides he needs to find the true meaning of life, by means of religious conversion to catholicism (or maybe even Hare Krishna), much to the disgust of his Jewish parents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sadly disappointed at the poor quality of the soundtrack on this dvd, had to keep turning the volume up and down and the dialogue was often indistinct indistinct.Published 5 months ago by jan sarling
I am not going to review the film here other than to say it is marvellous. I purchased the DVD after seeing the film on TV however the DVD copy I received was really poor... Read morePublished 6 months ago by redstart
A classic tale of love, betrayal and possessiveness as only Woody Allen can narrate.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a terribly boring film, but Carrie Fisher is in it and she's always awesome.Published 10 months ago by J