Sunday, August 12, 2012

Existentialism in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters"

by Salman Hameed

A little while ago I had mentioned that our local theater is doing a Woody Allen retrospective. I just came back from Hannah and Her Sisters, which I had not seen before (It is good - but not in the league of Annie Hall). One of the story lines involves hypochondriac Mickey, played of course by Woody Allen. Here is a very funny 10 minute segment where Mickey goes through an existential crisis. It includes an apt response to the problem of evil (and the Nazis): " How the hell do I know about the Nazis. I don't know how the can-opener works".


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