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Penélope Cruz took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona last weekend, joining the likes of Martin Landau and Sean Penn, both of whom won awards for their work in Woody Allen films. But as Allen’s female-titled works go, Vicky Cristina Barcelona pales in comparison with 1978’s Annie Hall, Allen’s first Oscar-winner. Back then, of course, Allen starred in his own films, and his legendary chemistry with a young and goofy Diane Keaton was energetic and lighthearted (and fodder for the mystery as to why the homely-looking leading man has such good luck with women). Annie Hall, like its successors, is about love’s transitory qualities. Here, the collapse is exceptional for being totally unexceptional—two people come to see each other’s personality quirks as deal-breaking annoyances.
ANNIE HALL SHOWS AT 9:05 P.M. AT AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 Colesville road, SILVER SPRING. $8.50–$9.00. (301) 585-0716.