1-7 December 2008

December 8 2008 at 6:44 pm (The list)

Just the one film again this week.

 

play-it-again-sam-movie-posterPlay It Again, Sam (1972)

Allan (Woody Allen) has recently divorced from his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach) and is encouraged to start dating again by his best friend Dick and his wife Linda (Tony Roberts and Diane Keaton). His obsession with film manifests itself with the appearance of an imaginary Humphrey Bogart (played with frightening accuracy by Jerry Lacy) who acts as his mentor in the ways of the woman. It soon becomes clear that Allan and Linda have feelings for each other but Allan doesn’t want to hurt his best friend. Play It Again, Sam is essentially a prototype for Annie Hall and the first time Allen and Keaton were on screen together. Their chemistry is palpable and the film is full of wonderful scenes of Allan bumbling his way through a series of misguided dates and romantic encounters while Bogie eggs him on.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

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