Searching for the most Jewish scene in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” on the film’s fortieth birthday.
The Internet reverberated yesterday with details about how neo-Nazis identify and target Jews on social media and online. We thought we could help out the anti-Semites by sending out echoes of our own.
What is it about being in an un-Jewish place that brings out the most Jewish instincts, impulses and, sometimes, wisecracks from all of us?
In the 1977 classic, “Annie Hall,” Jewish Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) sits down for dinner with Annie Hall’s (Diane Keaton) WASP family. Alvy imagines that the Hall family views him as a Hasidic Jew. They have imprinted upon him their one misguided image of a Jew, regardless of what Alfie says, does, or eats.
Saul Austerlitz is the author of “Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy.” His blog posts are appearing this week on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog series. For more information on the series please visit: