Top 10 Voice-Overs In Film

By April 9, 2011Top 10 Lists

4. Annie Hall (1977)

Alvy Singer (V.O.)

After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I… I realized what a terrific person she was, and… and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I… I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.

Annie Hall is a playful, fun, yet telling commentary on relationships, and all executed through a plethora of storytelling devices. We’ve got a bit of breaking the fourth wall, characters going into each other’s flashbacks, split screens, subtitles that contradict the dialogue, as well as voice-over. Whether it’s Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and Annie (Diane Keaton) discussing a scene that we are watching with them, or Alvy filling in a time gap, it certainly connects the audience, making you feel intimately involved as an active participant in the film. And that’s what Woody wants. It only serves to make you sympathize even more with his character, no matter how pathetic, and slightly grating, he is.

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