Daily Dialogue — March 2, 2013

March 2nd, 2013 by

Alvy packs his tennis gear. Annie enters.

ANNIE: Hi!… hi! Hi!
ALVY: Oh, hi. Hi.

She laughs, finding no other words.

ANNIE: Well… bye!

She CRINGES, tries to EXIT.

ALVY: You play very well.
ANNIE: Oh yeah? So do you! Oh God, what a dumb thing to say, right? I mean, you say ‘You play well’ and right away I have to say ‘You play well’… ha-oh God, Annie. Well… oh well! La di-da! La di-da, la la. Yeah…

She TURNS for the door again.

ALVY: You want a lift?
ANNIE: Oh why? You got a car?
ALVY: Me? No, I was gonna take a cab.
ANNIE: Oh no, I have a car.
ALVY: You have a car? I don’t understand, so if you have a car, then why did you say ‘Do you have a car?’ like you wanted a lift?
ANNIE: I don’t, I-geez, I don’t know, I wasn’t… it’s, I got this VW out there. What a jerk-yeah… Would you like a lift?
ALVY: Sure. Which way are you going?
ANNIE: Me? Oh, downtown.
ALVY: Down? I’m going uptown.
ANNIE: Oh, well you know I’m going uptown too!
ALVY: Well you just said you’re going downtown.
ANNIE: Yeah well, umm but I can go uptown too. I live uptown, but uh, what the hell! I mean it’ll be nice having company, you know? I mean, I hate driving alone.

Annie Hall (1977), written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman

This week’s Daily Dialogue theme is boy meets girl suggested by TaraPhelps. Today’s suggestion by rgiamatteo.

Trivia: The phrase “La Dee Dah” used often by Annie Hall (Diane Keaton), who grew up in the 1950s, was the title of a 1958 R n R standard – #9 US Pop, by Billy and Lillie and popular on “the oldie’s circuit” at the time of this film’s release.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from rgiamatteo: “Dialogue is Woody Allen’s strong suit, and it certainly shows here. Right off the bat, we can gather from Annie’s seemingly throwaway lines that she’s a nervous wreck. But more importantly, she’s a nervous wreck about Alvy – perhaps the perfect antithesis of a suave heartbreaker who’d typically make girls crumble like Annie does. And that says a whole lot about Annie’s character. What’s even more interesting is that Annie blames herself for the miscommunication regarding the cab, but it is in fact Alvy who creates the confusion by offering a ride he can’t give her. He blurts that out, by the way, because – as Allen demonstrates by closing the same zipper for a whole minute – he’s just as nervous as Annie is.”

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