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Sunday, December 31, 2006
In looking at some laser discs -- yes, laser discs -- last night, mostly to see how crappy they look on a super-duper LCD screen, I caught something obvious in Annie Hall that escaped me before. At Annie's first appearance, Alvy has been waiting for her outside a movie theater. While he's waiting, a couple of embarrassingly-stereotyped Brooklyn Italian guys recognize Alvy from his TV stand-up appearances, and fawn over him for autographs. Not only are the accents over the top, but Allen drives it home by having Alvy say "What is this, a meeting of the Teamsters?"
This is all by way of setting up Annie's arrival by taxi, at which point Alvy berates her for being a couple of minutes late, and complains "I'm standing out here with the cast of The Godfather." He says to Diane Keaton.
Francis Ford Coppola directs Keaton and Al Pacino in The Godfather.