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Francesco Mercuri December 4, 2008 Speech vs. Sight I think a film’s use of dialogue and image is its most important aspect. Some films find equilibrium between the two, while others rely heavily on one or the other. Annie Hall (Allen 1977) is a film that relies heavily on its dialogue. Alvy Singer, played by Woody Allen, is the face of the movie; he talks more than any other character. He speaks directly to the camera, in voiceover and to other characters. A film that relies heavily on image is Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai 1996). Much of what we see is necessary in understanding the movie. There are many instances throughout the movie where no words are spoken, but what is filmed is a very important part. Annie Hall and Chungking Express contrast greatly in these two aspects. I, as I’m sure many others do, feel a personal attachment to Annie Hall . The movie begins with Alvy Singer talking right to the camera, directly to the audience, like he is having an ordinary conversation with us. It is essential for Alvy to be talking the whole time while his early childhood is being shown; otherwise, the scenes would be difficult to interpret clearly. Watching how Alvy and Annie talk helps one to truly understand the two better, the words they say and how they say them give us insight into their characteristics. It is obvious that they have a deep relationship by the way they talk to each other. Not many people have such a witty humor
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