Jul/2019

Favorite Movie Scene of the Day #3!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 22nd, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

Annie Hall + Diane Keaton + khakis

I love Woody Allen movies and I imagine there will be quite a number of scenes in this column from his films. The first one comes from Annie Hall though. This scene just speaks to me so much and I think it’s a perfect capture of two people who were once in love, but still want to be in each other’s lives, even if it can be a bit awkward. Finding something to talk about to pass the uncomfortable time, or seeing new things in your former significant other’s place that make you question what new things they’re into now that you’re gone is delightfully funny to watch.

There’s a bittersweet feeling here, as you want Alvy and Annie to get back together, but also know that it’s just not the right time. With Allen’s neurotic sense of nature, as well as Annie’s incoherent emotions of their relationship, this scene perfectly shows just how much these two characters love each other, even though there isn’t that big spark of romance there.

In this scene, Annie phones her former boyfriend Alvy over at 3AM in New York to come over quick and that it’s an emergency. He rushes over in the middle of the night across the city only to find out that she wants him to kill a spider in her bathroom. There’s more to it than that. She misses him. Once there, he notices several things in her apartment that suggests she has been partaking in events or concerts that she would have otherwise turned her nose up while she was with him. Of course, he questions her change in thought and likes, to which she replies to see if he wants some chocolate milk. It’s too funny. Plus, Alvy reminds me of myself in this scene, especially when he kills the spider or at least tries to kill it.

 

 

INT. ANNIE'S APARTMENT HALLWAY

Annie, looking slightly distraught, goes to open the door to Alvy's knock.

				ALVY 
		What's- It's me, open up.

				ANNIE
 				(Opening the door) 
		Oh.

				ALVY
 			Are you okay?  What's the matter? 
			(They look at each other, Annie 
			sighing) 
		Are you all right?  What-

				ANNIE
 			There's a spider in the bathroom.

				ALVY  
			(Reacting) 
		What?

				ANNIE 
		There's a big black spider in the bathroom.

				ALVY
 			That's what you got me here for at three 
		o'clock in the morning, 'cause there's a 
		spider in the bathroom?

				ANNIE
 			My God, I mean, you know how I am about 
		insects.
 
				ALVY
 				(Interrupting, sighing) 
		Oooh.

				ANNIE
		-I can't sleep with a live thing crawling 
		around in the bathroom.

				ALVY
 			Kill it!  For Go- What's wrong with you?  
		Don't you have a can of Raid in the house?

				ANNIE
 				(Shaking her head) 
		No.

Alvy, disgusted, starts waving his hands and starts to move into the living 
room.

				ALVY
 				(Sighing) 
		I told you a thousand times you should 
		always keep, uh, a lotta insect spray.  
		You never know who's gonna crawl over.

				ANNIE 
			(Following him) 
		I know, I know, and a first-aid kit and 
		a fire extinguisher.

				ALVY
		Jesus.  All right, gimme a magazine.  
		I- 'cause I'm a little tired. 
			(While Annie goes of to find 
			him a magazine, Alvy, still 
			talking, glances around the 
			apartment.  He notices a small 
			book on a cabinet and picks it up.) 
		You know, you, you joke with-about me, 
		you make fun of me, but I'm prepared for 
		anything.  An emergency, a tidal wave, 
		an earthquake.  Hey, what is this?  
		What?  Did you go to a rock concert?

				ANNIE
 			Yeah.

				ALVY 
		Oh, yeah, really?  Really?  How-how'd 
		you like it?  Was it-was it, I mean, 
		did it ... was it heavy?  Did it achieve 
		total heavy-ocity?  Or was it, uh...

				ANNIE
 			It was just great!

				ALVY
 				(Thumbing through the book) 
		Oh, humdinger.  When- Well, I got a 
		wonderful idea.  Why don'tcha get the 
		guy who took you to the rock concert, 
		we'll call him and he can come over and 
		kill the spider.  You know, it's a-

He tosses the book down on the cabinet.

				ANNIE 
 			I called you; you wanna help me ... or 
		not?  H'h?  Here. 

She hands him a magazine.

				ALVY
 				(Looking down at the magazine) 
		What is this?  What are you, since 
		when do you read the "National Review"?  
		What are you turning in to?

				ANNIE
 				(Turning to a nearby chair for 
			some gum in her pocketbook) 
		Well, I like to try to get all points 
		of view.

				ALVY 
		It's wonderful.  Then why don'tcha get 
		William F. Buckley to kill the spider?

				ANNIE
 			(Spinning around to face him) 
		Alvy, you're a little hostile, you 
		know that?  Not only that, you look 
		thin and tired.

She puts a piece of gum in her mouth.

				ALVY
  			Well, I was in be- It's three o'clock 
		in the morning.  You, uh, you got me 
		outta bed, I ran over here, I couldn't 
		get a taxi cab.  You said it was an 
		emergency, and I didn't ge- I ran up 
		the stairs.  Hell - I was a lot more 
		attractive when the evening began.  
		Look, uh, tell- Whatta you- Are you 
		going with a right-wing rock-and roll 
		star?  Is that possible?

				ANNIE
 				(Sitting down on a chair arm 
			and looking up at Alvy) 
		Would you like a glass of chocolate milk?

				ALVY
 			Hey, what am I-your son?  Whatta you mean?
		I-I came over TV --_

				ANNIE
 				(Touching his chest with her hand) 
		I got the good chocolate, Alvy.

				ALVY
 			Yeah, where is the spider?

				ANNIE
 			It really is lovely.  It's in the bathroom.

				ALVY
 			Is he in the bathroom?

				ANNIE 
			(Rising from chair) 
		Hey, don't squish it, and after it's 
		dead, flush it down the toilet, okay? 
		And flush it a couple o' times.

				ALVY
 				(Moving down the hallway to 
			the bathroom) 
		Darling, darling, I've been killing 
		spiders since I was thirty, okay?

				ANNIE
 				(Upset, hands on her neck) 
		Oh.  What?

				ALVY 
			(Coming back into the living room) 
		Very big spider.

				ANNIE
 			Yeah?

				ALVY
 			Two ... Yeah.  Lotta, lotta trouble. 
		There's two of 'em. 

Alvy starts walking down the ball again, Annie following.

				ANNIE
 			Two?

				ALVY
  				(Opening a closet door) 
		Yep.  I didn't think it was that big, 
		but it's a major spider.  You got a 
		broom or something with a-

				ANNIE 
		Oh, I-I left it at your house.

				ALVY
 				(Overlapping) 
		-snow shovel or anything or something.

				ANNIE
 				(Overlapping) 
		I think I left it there, I'm sorry.

Reaching up into the closet, Alvy takes out a covered tennis racquet.

				ALVY
 				(Holding the racquet) 
		Okay, let me have this.

				ANNIE
 			Well, what are you doing ... what are 
		you doing with-

				ALVY
 			Honey, there's a spider in your bathroom 
		the size of a Buick.

He walks into the bathroom, Annie looking after him.

				ANNIE
 			Well, okay.  Oooh.

Alvy stands in the middle of the bathroom, tennis racquet in one band, rolled
magazine in the other.  He looks over at the shelf above the sink and picks up 
a small container.  He holds it out, shouting off screen to Annie.

				ALVY 
		Hey, what is this?  You got black soap?
  
				ANNIE
 				(Off screen) 
		It's for my complexion.

				ALVY
 			Whatta-whatta yuh joining a minstrel show?  
		Geez. 
			(Alvy turns and starts swapping 
			the racquet over the shelf, knocking 
			down articles and breaking glass) 
		Don't worry! 
			(He continues to swat the racquet 
			all over the bathroom.  He finally 
			moves out of the room, hands close 
			to his body.  He walks into the 
			other room, where Annie is sitting 
			in a corner of her bed leaning against 
			the wall) 
		I did it!  I killed them both.  What-what's 
		the matter?  Whatta you- 
			(Annie is sobbing, her band over 
			her face)
		-whatta you sad about?  You- What'd you 
		want me to do?  Capture 'em and rehabilitate 
		'em?




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