5. 'Annie Hall'
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I moved to New York City in 2005. "Sex and the City" had just ended its
six-year run on HBO. "Friends" had also just ended its ten-year run on NBC.
These shows inspired a deluge of young people to move to Gotham and live out
their Sarah Jessica Parker/Jennifer Aniston copycat fantasies. These starry-eyed
hopefuls found out the hard way that both comedies depict a mostly fictional
version of "Manhattan." Many of them went back to Ohio within a matter of years.
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But not me. I moved to New York thinking it would be a lot like "Annie Hall."
I dreamed of a place where people stood in line en masse to see a 4-hour
documentary about Nazis and talked about social theory while they waited. I
dreamed of a place where you could wear anything — literally anything — and
people would give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're a chic downtown
artist. I dreamed of riding the Cyclone at Coney Island and waving at Woody
Allen's childhood home.
Of course these dreams are just as stereotypical and half-true as the ones
conjured by Carrie Bradshaw and Rachel Green, but so far I'm not too
New Yorker or not, everyone loves "Annie Hall." Its mixture of broad comedy
and heartfelt emotion is Allen at his best. Its characters are deeply human.
They laugh even as their relationships dissolve around them. More than 35 years
after its original release, it's still the way I think of New York. — Frank
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(Diane Keaton, Woody Allen in "Annie Hall"/Courtesy Everett