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Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling?

Hannah_and_her_sisters_posterThis week we watched Hannah and Her Sisters, which is the second Woody Allen film to make it onto our list after Annie Hall way back in podcast number two.

When editing the podcast, I realised we made a bit of an error – we call Michael Caine’s character Harry all the way through, but he’s actually called Elliot. Whoops! Obviously we were thinking of Harry Palmer – it’s easy to get a downbeat spy and a philandering financial adviser mixed up. For us, at least.

Still, speaking of Harry… I mean, Elliot, we were impressed with Michael Caine’s portrayal of the character, who’s both manipulating and pathetic, scheming yet weak. It’s hard to know whether to hate him or pity him at times. But the most impressive thing about the film is that the love triangle at the centre of it all isn’t allowed to dominate – above all it’s an ensemble piece, a mixture of interlinked stories that are all equally intriguing. The interactions between Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Hannah (Mia Farrow) are brilliantly complex and well acted, and Max von Sydow puts in a towering performance as the ageing artist afraid to lose his younger girlfriend, a woman who he feels is the only person that keeps him connected to the world. Woody has a great storyline too with some brilliantly funny moments, but he’s not the centre of attention like in his earlier films: here he’s put more in the role of comic relief, with a bit of soul searching thrown in for good measure.

It’s a truly wonderful, clever and thought-provoking film that’s easily one of Allen’s best, and it’s one of his most popular too: until recently it was his most successful films at the box office. If you’ve never seen a Woody Allen film before, here would be an excellent place to start.

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is @SFXmagazine (website at http://www.sfx.co.uk/). Naturally we chose a sci-fi magazine as the sponsor of a Woody Allen film about three sisters. I suppose he did do Sleeper...

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy Hannah and Her Sisters from Amazon on DVD or Blu-ray (or better still, get the box set) by clicking on the links (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 064 – Hannah and Her Sisters

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: Woody Allen Year of release: 1986 Studio/Distributor: Orion Pictures Country: USA

Podcast 064: Hannah and Her Sisters

This week we cover Hannah and Her Sisters, the second Woody Allen film to make it onto our list. Join us as we pour scorn on philandering husbands and consistently forget the name of Michael Caine’s character.

101 Films Podcast 064 – Hannah and Her Sisters

The punishment is loneliness

Wild Strawberries posterThis week we review the original road trip movie, Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries. Ok, cards on the table, despite Lewis and I being the internet’s premier film podcasters (right?) neither of us had actually seen a Bergman film before. Yes, yes, yes, I know that’s not particularly surprising for me, but Lewis? He’s supposed to be the one who watches all the films.

A recommendation from our friend Jason, Wild Strawberries was released in 1957 and just 10 months after probably Bergman’s most famous film The Seventh Seal. If only Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey had referenced Wild Strawberries too and maybe Lewis and I would have heard of it!

The film follows Professor Isak Borg, an old, grumpy but respected doctor, on a long drive from Stockholm to Lund. Due to receive a honoury degree at Lund University, the doctor’s journey takes him through various places from his childhood and adult life. Accompanying him is his daughter-in-law and various hitchhikers who they meet on the way.

The simple plot masks a film that asks fundamental questions about life, love and what we learn about ourselves as we get older. Both Lewis and I loved it and were especially affected by the performance of Victor Sjöström, who lays Isak. Despite playing a character who is in many ways unlikeable, Victor imbues Isak with a vulnerability that makes you sympathise and understand him. The film has certainly inspired us to seek out more Bergman films. No longer will we embarrass ourselves at the annual Film Podcasters Conference (this year to be held in Ipswich).

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is Dan (@Top10Films) – check out his excellent film-based list work at http://www.top10films.co.uk.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Wild Strawberries DVD from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance)

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 054 – Wild Strawberries

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: Ingmar Bergman  Year of release: 1957  Studio/Distributor: AB Svensk Filmindustri  Country: Sweden