The Best Art References in Woody Allen Films

Throughout his film career, Woody Allen has relied on art to help set the scene, reflect a character's mood, or act as a catalyst between characters. The main characters in Annie Hall discuss art while visiting New York museums. In Match Point, a painting is used to reflect the mood of the leading man. What you might not notice is that the background of many of Allen's scenes include handpicked works of art. Sometimes they appear to give a picture of the city, as in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and other times their placement is much subtler. From across Allen's career, here are the The Best Art References in Woody Allen Films.

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50. The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Film: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Rodin's The Thinker, is seen here at Columbia University in 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters.

49. Carousel Pony Painting

Film: Take the Money and Run (1969)

Never one to shy away from an obvious theme, Allen fills the film with fast artwork, including a carousel pony when Virgil finds out his wife is expecting.

48. Zebra Painting

Film: Take the Money and Run (1969)

A Zebra painting hangs on the wall as Allen's character attempts to cover his criminal past for a job at an insurance company.

47. Curiosities and Sketches

Film: Husbands and Wives (1992)

Husbands and Wives is Woody Allen's study on marriage, following the separation of one couple and the examination of the relationship by another. The film opens in the apartment of Gabe and Judy Roth (Allen and Mia Farrow), which is filled sketches and curiosities.

46. Paintings In Home

Film: Husbands and Wives (1992)

The typically cultured protagonists of Allen's Husbands and Wives, Gabe and Judy's home displays more than a few famous works of art.

45. Various Works of Art

Film: Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

In 1995's Mighty Aphrodite, a sportswriter sets out to find the birthmother of his genius adopted son. Thanks to his art-dealer wife, their home is filled with all kinds of art, including a painting of neutral interiors evocative of Edward Hopper.

44. Political Propaganda

Film: Bananas (1971)

In 1971's Bananas, Allen portrays Fielding Mellish, a man who goes as far as running away to a Latin American country amidst a revolution to win the heart of his social activist crush. Under the watchful eye of revolutionary propaganda in this fictional country, Mellish places an extravagant order at a bar.

43. Hunting Paintings

Film: Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

In one scene, Goldie Hawn, who plays Woody Allen's remarried ex-wife, speaks about trying to find him a woman amidst the backdrop of classic hunting paintings and dogs.

42. Therapists' Office Art

Film: Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall recounts the up and down love trials of neurotic Alvy Singer and the ever-disconnected Annie Hall. As they try to work out their love trials, Annie and Alvy seek therapy in very different places and methods: she in a more progressive setting with an abstract painting and he in a more traditional Freudian office, overlooked by a satirical sketch.

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