Here's That Non-Jewish 2015 Annie Hall Remake the World's Been Waiting For
Maybe he needed the eggs.
That's our best guess as to what's going on in this confounding — but sometimes funny — video that just turned up online. Brooklyn-based filmmaker J.D. Oxblood has posted the trailer to an unfinished romantic comedy he's calling #AnnieHall, a Brooklyn-based, present-day find-and-replace riff on Woody Allen's epochal 1977 film.
In this iteration, Annie Hall is Minnie Wohl, a "nice Yeshiva girl" who resists being dragged by her lover to see The Battle of Algiers, Oxblood's replacement for The Sorrow and the Pity. Allen's Alvy Singer, meanwhile, is now a blond goy, a comedy writer whose paranoia that the world's prejudiced against him now has a tinge of Tea Party dada: Rather than insist that he was subjected to the question "Jew eat?" this tanned schlemiel carps that a Pakistani called him "Whitey."
Yes, this cover/adaptation/whatever changes Annie Hall around to re-tell the story from a perspective we just never get to hear in our society: a Brooklyn dude who's into Woody Allen movies. But it's easy to carp. What Oxblood has whipped up is fascinating, and it offers some legitimate laughs:
You can see that whitey scene unfold at full length in Oxblood's almost twelve-minute short film. Other changes, both clever and risible: While Alvy Singer could produce Marshall McLuhan on command, Oxblood's version can only claim to have Slavoj Zizek on FaceTime; Annie's "Grammy Hall" in Wisconsin is now a bubbe in Queens; marijuana is now Xanax; and the target of the NYC chauvinism this time isn't L.A. — it's the suburbs, where the male leads are from. Oxblood's best line: "We grew up in the suburbs. It's like being in the desert without the benefit of solitude."
Pop quiz: Which of these images was shot by Gordon Willis?
Whether it all works or not we'll leave to you — but we can all agree that its twelve minutes are another case of life offering too-small portions. Oxblood's website promises an upcoming Kickstarter to finance a full feature. We're reaching out to Oxblood with questions, chief among them: "In the original, Annie goes to an Alice Cooper concert and brings home a program, like she went to hear the Philharmonic or something. Will you also be updating the stuff Allen got wrong?"
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If you're so inclined, Annie Hall is currently streaming on Netflix.
(Thanks to a friend in San Francisco for the tip!)
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