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Getting Late Early

Questions: Taken literally, what’s incorrect in the final scene of Annie Hall (shot from inside O’Neal’s Balloon)?

After that it got pretty late, and, we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I realized what a terrific person she was and how much fun it was just knowing her, and I thought of that old joke. You know, this guy goes to his psychiatrist and says, “Doc, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken.” And 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– you know, they’re totally irrational and crazy and absurd, but, I guess we keep going through it because most of us need the eggs.

Answer: It wasn’t late at all. If you notice the light, it’s coming from the east, which means this scene was shot early in the morning.

Not that it makes any difference…unless you are an anal New Yorker.

“That’s a polite word for what you are.”


1 Ben   ~  Jun 10, 2013 8:20 am

Sunsabitches. I'll never trust 'em agin!

2 ColoYank   ~  Jun 10, 2013 11:10 am

You know, here's a nitpick: when most people say "anal," they mean anal retentive. There is, just FYI, an opposite pole on the anal scale, called anal expulsive, and it refers to traits of people who tend to be sloppy and free with their feelings.

I guess you could say I'm anal retentive about the use of this common expression.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 10, 2013 11:59 am

[2] Anal expulsive... Eww...

Funny, as soon as I recognized the location, I spotted right away that it was morning, not late. I've not seen the movie (don't hate me, I'm just not a fan of Woody movies); were they out on an all-nighter before that scene or was it just a random meeting in daylight? The line would make sense if they had been up the whole night together, then it would have been late for them.

4 RagingTartabull   ~  Jun 10, 2013 1:19 pm

wasn't Woody's date in that scene a young Sigourney Weaver?

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 10, 2013 2:12 pm

4) Good memory! That was outside the Thalia on 95th street with the camera positioned across the street.

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