When Alvy Singer wooed Annie Corridor, Woody Allen — the film’s Alvy, who was afraid of demise — was 42 years outdated.
Think about Alvy at 94, the age of the person enjoying him in “My Annie Corridor.” Screening Aug. 15 on the Strand, this brief tackle Allen’s 1977 basic — solid with 70-, 80- and 90-somethings in all the important thing roles — has Allen’s blessing.
“There’s an added comedian component there, definitely,” Allen tells The Submit. “It’s as if it was being carried out by kindergarten children, or individuals which are completely inappropriate in phrases of pure casting, however … that makes it a festive manufacturing.”
As for Alvy’s enhancing with age (or not), the 82-year-old Allen says, “I can solely say that it’s no enjoyable getting older. It’s not that you just mellow and get sensible. What you get is arthritis.”
Allen says he hasn’t seen the unique “Annie Corridor” since he and Diane Keaton completed making it — “If I ever noticed any of my movies once more, I solely would see the failings,” he says — however loads of different individuals have, filmmakers Matt Starr and Ellie Sachs amongst them.
The Brooklyn 20-somethings filmed their 29-minute homage across the Higher East Facet’s Lenox Hill Neighborhood Home senior heart, utilizing Allen’s dialogue, the resident seniors and 9 kilos of dwell lobsters — that final for an unforgettable scene involving a screaming Annie and a few escaping crustaceans.
“We handled it like an actual movie, and an actual collaboration,” says the 25-year-old Sachs, whose background included staging theater productions in prisons. “One of the largest issues I realized is: Depart all of your preconceptions and concepts about age on the door.”
She and Starr, 29, discovered their Alvy in Harry Miller, an everyday on the senior heart. Shula Chernick, 73, performs his Annie.
Not solely did the filmmakers must deal with what Sachs calls “uncooperative lobsters,” however their shoestring funds had no room for actors’ trailers, so Starr took it upon himself to maintain Miller cool — spraying him with water and fetching him ice pops — as he sat on a folding chair between takes.
Costumes have been furnished from the solid’s personal closets, and the filmmakers’ fathers helped fill out the ensemble: Richard Sachs as Alvy’s analyst, and Jerry Starr as a bodyguard.
The filmmakers say they need “My Annie Corridor” contained extra intercourse.
“It’s an integral half of life,” Starr says. “We neglect that it’s so essential as we become old.”
Nonetheless, it is likely to be sufficient for some to listen to Miller’s Alvy complaining that he “infrequently” has intercourse — “possibly thrice every week.”
The person who wrote these strains, together with Marshall Brickman, says there’s no benefit to getting older.
“I might say that individuals ought to eat proper, train and keep as younger as they will so long as they will,” Allen says.
And whereas he has no plans to see “My Annie Corridor,” he suspects that the thought of having 90-year-olds play 30- and 40-somethings may work on some of his different movies, too.
“I don’t see why it wouldn’t be hilarious doing ‘Bananas’ or ‘Take the Cash and Run,’” he says.