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''Hannah and Her Sisters'' is a 1986 American
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film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family
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. The film was written and directed by
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, who stars along with
Mia Farrow Maria de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow ( ; born February 9, 1945) is an American actress. She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera '' Peyton Place'' and gained further recognition for her subsequent ...
as Hannah,
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as her husband, and
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and
Dianne Wiest Dianne Evelyn Wiest (; born March 28, 1948) is an American actress. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for 1986’s '' Hannah and Her Sisters'' and 1994’s ''Bullets over Broadway'' (both of which were directed by Wood ...
as her sisters. The film's ensemble cast also includes
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,
Maureen O'Sullivan Maureen O'Sullivan (17 May 1911 – 23 June 1998) was an Irish-American actress, who played Jane in the ''Tarzan'' series of films during the era of Johnny Weissmuller. She performed with such actors as Laurence Olivier, Greta Garbo, William ...
,
Lloyd Nolan Lloyd Benedict Nolan (August 11, 1902 – September 27, 1985) was an American film and television actor. Among his many roles, Nolan is remembered for originating the role of private investigator Michael Shayne in a series of 1940s B movies. Bi ...
(who died four-and-a-half months before the film's release),
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, and
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. Daniel Stern,
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,
Fred Melamed Fred Melamed (born May 13, 1956) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for portraying Sy Ableman in the Coen Brothers' ''A Serious Man'' (2009). He is also known for his collaborations with Woody Allen appearing in seven of ...
,
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,
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,
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, and
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all have minor roles, while Tony Roberts and
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make uncredited cameo appearances. Several of Farrow's children, including
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(who married Allen in 1997), have credited and uncredited roles, mostly as Thanksgiving extras. ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' was, for a long time, Allen's biggest box office success (foregoing adjustment for inflation), with a North American gross of US$40 million. The film won
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for
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, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. It is often considered one of Allen's major works, with critics continuing to praise its writing and ensemble cast.


Plot

The story is told in three main arcs, with most of it occurring during a 24-month period beginning and ending at Thanksgiving parties, held at The Langham, hosted by Hannah, and her husband, Elliot. Hannah serves as the stalwart hub of the narrative; most of the events of the film connect to her. Elliot becomes infatuated with one of Hannah's sisters, Lee, and eventually begins an affair with her. Elliot attributes his behavior to his discontent with his wife's self-sufficiency and resentment of her emotional strength. Lee has lived for five years with a reclusive artist, Frederick, who is much older. She finds her relationship with Frederick no longer intellectually or sexually stimulating, in spite of (or maybe because of) Frederick's professed interest in continuing to teach her. She leaves Frederick after admitting to having an affair with somebody. For the remainder of the year between the first and second Thanksgiving gatherings, Elliot and Lee carry on their affair despite Elliot's inability to end his marriage to Hannah. Lee finally ends the affair during the second Thanksgiving, explaining that she is finished waiting for him to commit and that she has started dating someone else. Hannah's ex-husband Mickey, a television writer, is present mostly in scenes outside of the primary story. Flashbacks reveal that his marriage to Hannah fell apart after they were unable to have children because of his infertility. However, they had twins who are not biologically his, before divorcing. He also went on a disastrous date with Hannah's sister Holly, when they were set up after the divorce. A hypochondriac, he goes to his doctor complaining of hearing loss, and is frightened by the possibility that it might be a brain tumor. When tests prove that he is perfectly healthy, he is initially overjoyed, but then despairs that his life is meaningless. His
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leads to unsatisfying experiments with
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to Catholicism and an interest in
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. Ultimately, a suicide attempt leads him to find meaning in his life after unexpectedly viewing the
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' '' Duck Soup'' in a movie theater. The revelation that life should be enjoyed, rather than understood, helps to prepare him for a second date with Holly, which this time blossoms into love. Holly's story is the film's third main arc. A former cocaine addict, she is an unsuccessful actress who cannot settle on a career. After borrowing money from Hannah, she starts a catering business with April, a friend and fellow actress. Holly and April end up as rivals in auditions for parts in Broadway musicals, as well as for the affections of an architect, David. Holly abandons the catering business after the romance with David fails and decides to try her hand at writing. The career change forces her once again to borrow money from Hannah, a dependency that Holly resents. She writes a script inspired by Hannah and Elliot, which greatly upsets Hannah. It is suggested that much of the script involved personal details of Hannah and Elliot's marriage that had been conveyed to Holly through Lee (having been transmitted first from Elliot). Although this threatens to expose the affair between Elliot and Lee, Elliot soon disavows disclosing any such details. Holly sets aside her script, and instead writes a story inspired by her own life, which Mickey reads and admires greatly, vowing to help her get it produced and leading to their second date. A minor arc in the film tells part of the story of Norma and Evan. They are the parents of Hannah and her two sisters, and still have acting careers of their own. Their own tumultuous marriage revolves around Norma's alcoholism and alleged affairs, but the long-term bond between them is evident in Evan's flirtatious anecdotes about Norma while playing piano at the Thanksgiving gatherings. By the time of the film's third Thanksgiving, Lee has married a literature professor she met while taking random classes at
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. Hannah and Elliot have reconciled their marriage. The film's final shot reveals that Holly is married to Mickey and that she is pregnant.


Influences

Part of the film's structure and background is borrowed from
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's ''
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'' (1982). In both films, a large theatrical family gather for three successive years' celebrations (Thanksgiving in Allen's film, Christmas in Bergman's). The first of each gathering is in a time of contentment, the second in a time of trouble, and the third showing what happens after the resolution of the troubles. The sudden appearance of Mickey's reflection behind Holly's in the closing scene also parallels the apparition behind Alexander of the Bishop's ghost. Additional parallels can be found with
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's 1960 film ''
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'', which, besides the connection to its name, also uses the structural device of dividing sections of the film for the different siblings' plot arcs.


Cast


Production

The film was originally about a man who fell in love with his wife's sister. Woody Allen then re-read the novel ''
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'' "and I thought, it's interesting how this guy gets the various stories going, cutting from one story to another. I loved the idea of experimenting with that." He was particularly intrigued by the character of Nicholas Levin "who can't seem to find any meaning to life, he's terribly afraid of dying. It struck home very deeply. I thought it would be interesting to do one story about the relationship between three sisters and one story about someone else and his obsession with mortality." Allen admits the role of Hannah was based on Farrow being "a romanticized perception of Mia. She's very stable, she has eight children now, and she's able to run her career and have good relationships with her sister and her mother. I'm very impressed with those qualities, and I thought if she had two unstable sisters, it would be interesting." Allen says he was also inspired by the title. "I thought I'd like to make a film called ''Hannah and Her Sisters''", he said, saying this prompted him to give Hannah two sisters. He was interested in making something about the relationship between sisters which he felt was more complex than that between brothers. "Maybe that comes from childhood; my mother had seven sisters and their children were female so all I knew were aunts and female cousins." Mia Farrow later wrote that Allen had been intrigued about the subject of sisters for a long time. His earlier co-stars
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and
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both had two sisters each, and Farrow had three. She says Allen gave her an early copy of ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' saying she could play whatever sister she wanted, but that "he felt I should be Hannah, the more complex and enigmatic of the sisters ... whose stillness and internal strength he likened to the quality
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projected in ''
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''". Farrow wrote, "It was the first time I criticized one of his scripts. To me, the characters seemed self-indulgent and dissolute in predictable ways. The script was wordy but it said nothing." She claims "Woody didn't disagree and tried to switch over to" an alternative idea, "but preproduction was already in progress, and we had to proceed". She later elaborated:
It was my mother's stunned, chill reaction to the script that enabled me to see how he had taken many of the personal circumstances and themes of our lives, and, it seemed, had distorted them into cartoonish characterizations. At the same time he was my partner. I loved him. I could trust him with my life. And he was a writer: this is what writers do. All grist for the mill. Relatives have always grumbled. He had taken the ordinary stuff of our lives and lifted it into art. We were honored and outraged.
Farrow admitted "a small sick feeling ... deep inside me" which "I shared with nobody was my fear that ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' had openly and clearly spelled out his feelings for my sister. But this was fiction, I told myself ... So I put those thoughts out of my mind."


Release


Box office

''Hannah and Her Sisters'' opened on February 7, 1986, in 54 theaters, where it grossed $1,265,826 ($23,441 per screen) in its opening weekend, the first time an Allen film had debuted in theaters in cities other than New York City. When it expanded to 761 theaters on March 14, it garnered a respectable $2,707,966 ($3,809 per screen). It went on to gross $40,084,041 in the United States (including a re-release the following year), and remains one of the highest-grossing Woody Allen films. Adjusted for inflation it falls behind ''
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'' (1977) and ''
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'' (1979), and possibly also one or two of his early comedies. ''
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'' (2011) surpassed its box office as well. The film was screened out of competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.


Critical reception

On
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, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 56 reviews, with an average rating of 8.40/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Smart, tender, and funny in equal measure, ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' is one of Woody Allen's finest films." On
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, the film has a weighted average score of 90 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". The film received seven
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nominations including
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. Allen received two Academy Award nominations, winning one for Best Screenplay, Original and he earned a nomination for
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. His work on the film was also recognized with two
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. Critics
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each rated the film among the top three of the 1986 film year;
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's 1986 review of the film called it "the best movie oody Allenhas ever made". Three years later when the two critics discussed their lists of the 10 best films of the 1980s, Ebert, who had included no comedies on his list, stated that had he been required to include one, it would have been ''Hannah And Her Sisters''.
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, of ''
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'', gave the film a highly favorable review, going as far as to say that it "sets new standards for Mr. Allen as well as for all American movie makers". A poll of 100 film critics named ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' the best film of the year, after it appeared on 71 individual top ten lists. The
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(AFI) nominated the film for a ranking on its 1997 lists of the 100 greatest American films, the 100 funniest films, and the 100 greatest love stories. In 2005, the
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named Allen's script the 95th best film screenplay ever written. In October 2013, the film was voted by readers of ''
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'' as the fourth best film directed by Woody Allen. In 2014, Calum Marsh of ''
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'' named ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' as Allen's greatest film, praising its ensemble cast and Allen's "dense, heady script" for its "balancing act of conflicting desires and feelings". It was also listed as Allen's finest work in a joint article by ''
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'' film critics
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and Tim Robey, who compared its structure with the works of
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and lauded it as "perhaps the most perfectly assured braiding of comedy and drama in mainstream American film. It feels like the miraculous sweet spot between all of its filmmaker's many modes and tones – biting without being cruel, profound without seeming sanctimonious, warmly humane without collapsing into goo." It was ranked third among Allen's films in a 2016 poll of '' Time Out'' contributors, with editor Joshua Rothkopf singling out the character of Holly as "the kind of desperate, flailing Manhattanite that future director-writers would spin entire careers out of".


Accolades

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and
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won
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s for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their portrayals of Elliot and Holly, respectively. ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' was the last film to win in both supporting acting categories until ''
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'' in 2011. The film was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Film Editing. Allen received the 1986 award for
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from the U.S.
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, Dianne Wiest won Best Supporting Actress, and the film was nominated for
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. In France, the film was nominated for a César Award for Best Foreign Film. Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globes Award Directors Guild Award Writers Guild Award New York Film Critics Circle National Society of Film Critics


Legacy

In 1986, '' Mad'' magazine satirized the film as "Henna and Her Sickos" which was written by Debbee Ovitz with art by
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. In 2016,
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directed a live table reading of ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' at ''
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'' small and packed-out Times Center theatre. The cast included, Wilde as Hannah,
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as Lee,
Uma Thurman Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and former model. She has performed in a variety of films, from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action films. Following her appearances on the December 1985 an ...
as Holly,
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as Elliott,
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as Mickey, and
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as Frederick with
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,
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and
Justin Long Justin Jacob Long (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. Long is known for his film roles, notably appearing in '' Jeepers Creepers'' (2001), ''Dodgeball'' (2004), ''Accepted'' (2006), ''Idiocracy'' (20 ...
filling out the supporting parts. Questlove served as the musical director who cued the musical selections ranging from jazz renditions of the Great American Songbook to Bach.


Soundtrack

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– Orchestra del
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– Conductor Angelo Campori *You Made Me Love You – by Thomas Joseph McCarthy and
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– Performed by
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*I've Heard That Song Before – by
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and
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– Performed by Harry James *Bewitched – by
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and
Lorenz Hart Lorenz Milton Hart (May 2, 1895 – November 22, 1943) was an American lyricist and half of the Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Some of his more famous lyrics include " Blue Moon", " The Lady Is a Tramp", "Manhattan", "Bewitched, Both ...
– Performed by
Lloyd Nolan Lloyd Benedict Nolan (August 11, 1902 – September 27, 1985) was an American film and television actor. Among his many roles, Nolan is remembered for originating the role of private investigator Michael Shayne in a series of 1940s B movies. Bi ...
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Maureen O'Sullivan Maureen O'Sullivan (17 May 1911 – 23 June 1998) was an Irish-American actress, who played Jane in the ''Tarzan'' series of films during the era of Johnny Weissmuller. She performed with such actors as Laurence Olivier, Greta Garbo, William ...
*Just You, Just Me – by Raymond Klages and
Jesse Greer Jesse Greer (August 26, 1896 New York City – October 3, 1970 Columbia, Connecticut) was an American Broadway songwriter. His musical '' Shady Lady'' was staged in 1933 with additional music by Sam H. Stept. Greer composed " Just You, Just Me" for ...
– Performed by Dick Hyman *Where Or When – by
Richard Rodgers Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American Musical composition, composer who worked primarily in musical theater. With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers was one of the most ...
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Lorenz Hart Lorenz Milton Hart (May 2, 1895 – November 22, 1943) was an American lyricist and half of the Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Some of his more famous lyrics include " Blue Moon", " The Lady Is a Tramp", "Manhattan", "Bewitched, Both ...
*Concerto For Two Violins and Orchestra – by
Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach (28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the late Baroque period. He is known for his orchestral music such as the '' Brandenburg Concertos''; instrumental compositions such as the Cello Suites; keyboard w ...
– The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra – Conducted by Vasil Kazandzhiev *Back to the Apple – by Frank Foster and
Count Basie William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, he formed the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and the ...
– Performed by Count Basie and His Orchestra *The Trot – by
Benny Carter Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. With Johnny Hodges, he was a pioneer on the alto saxophone. From the beginning of his career ...
– Performed by Count Basie and His Orchestra *I Remember You – by
Johnny Mercer John Herndon Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter, and singer, as well as a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessmen Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallich ...
& Victor Schertzinger – Performed by
Dave Brubeck David Warren Brubeck (; December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Often regarded as a foremost exponent of cool jazz, Brubeck's work is characterized by unusual time signatures and superimposing contrasti ...
*Madama Butterfly – by Giacomo Puccini – Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma – Conducted by
John Barbirolli Sir John Barbirolli ( Giovanni Battista Barbirolli; 2 December 189929 July 1970) was a British conductor and cellist. He is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 194 ...
*Concerto For Harpsichord In F minor – by Johann Sebastian Bach – Performed by Gustav Leonhardt *You Are Too Beautiful – by Lorenz Hart and
Richard Rodgers Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American Musical composition, composer who worked primarily in musical theater. With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers was one of the most ...
– Performed by Derek Smith *If I Had You – by Jimmy Campbell,
Reginald Connelly Jimmy Campbell (born James Alexander Campbell-Tyrie; 5 April 1903–19 August 1967) and Reg Connelly (born Reginald John Connelly; 22 October 1895–23 September 1963) were English songwriters and music publishers. Writing together in t ...
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Ted Shapiro Ted Shapiro (October 31, 1899 – May 26, 1980) was a United States popular music composer, pianist, and sheet music publisher. Early life Shapiro was born on October 31, 1899 in New York City. He became a Tin Pan Alley songwriter and accompa ...
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Roy Eldridge David Roy Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 26, 1989), nicknamed "Little Jazz", was an American jazz trumpeter. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from t ...
*I'm in Love Again – by Cole Porter – Performed by Bobby Short *I'm Old Fashioned – by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer – Sung by
Dianne Wiest Dianne Evelyn Wiest (; born March 28, 1948) is an American actress. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for 1986’s '' Hannah and Her Sisters'' and 1994’s ''Bullets over Broadway'' (both of which were directed by Wood ...
– Piano: Bernie Leighton *The Way You Look Tonight – by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields – Sung by Carrie Fisher – Piano: Bernie Leighton *It Could Happen to You – by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen – Performed by Dick Hyman *Polkadots and Moonbeams – by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen – Performed by Dick Hyman *Avalon – Written by Vincent Rose, Al Jolson, and Buddy G. DeSylva – Performed by Dick Hyman *Isn't It Romantic – by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart – Performed by Derek Smith *Slip Into the Crowd – by Michael Bramon – Performed by Michael Bramon and The 39 Steps *Freedonia's Going to War – from Duck Soup (1933) – Music by Harry Ruby – Performed by Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, and Harpo Marx with chorus


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