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As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time

Posted June 29, 2011 to photo album "As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time"

One Day tells the two-decade story of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dex (Jim Sturgess). Like other films, from When Harry Met Sally to Brokeback Mountain, One Day recognizes how our relationships change and deepen over time. We look at 10 other great films of loves that go on.

Two for the Road (1967)
Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
The Way We Were (1973)
Annie Hall (1977)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
5x2 (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)

Woody Allen is well-known for his love of Ingmar Bergman's work. Though films like Interiors and A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (a comic reworking of Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night) are very directly influenced by the dour Swedish auteur, there is also a case to be made that Annie Hall is Allen's answer to Scenes from a Marriage. Like Scenes, Annie Hall is a highly personal deconstruction of a relationship, a film in which the line between fiction and the director's own experiences is consciously blurred. While Bergman cast his ex-lover Liv Ullmann as one of the leads in Scenes, Allen made a film about his failed affair with Diane Keaton – whose real name is Diane Hall – and audaciously cast Keaton and himself as the leads. (At one point, Allen and Keaton's characters, Alvy and Annie, try – but fail – to see Bergman's Face to Face, which stars Scenes' Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson.) In addition, Annie Hall, like Scenes from a Marriage, looks at a relationship from the perspective of time, seeing the entirety and not just the emotional moments that make it up.  Rather than a straight take on a love affair, Annie Hall includes experimental, fantasy elements such as scenes where Alvy witnesses Annie's previous relationships and Annie is a bystander watching moments from Alvy's childhood. Having previously made silly, zany comedies, with Annie Hall Allen first employed the mix of humorous and dramatic elements that has come to define his best work. “I really feel it was a major turning point for me,” the director says in Woody Allen on Woody Allen. “I had the courage to abandon... just clowning around and the safety of complete broad comedy. I said to myself, 'I think I will try and make some deeper film and not be as funny in the same way. And maybe there will be other values that will emerge, that will be interesting or nourishing for the audience.' ...I really count Annie Hall as the first step towards maturity in some way in making films.”