"The film was supposed to be what happens in a guys mind, and you were supposed to see a stream of consciousness that was mine, and I did the film and it was completely incoherent. Nobody understood anything that went on. The relationship between myself and Diane Keaton was all anyone cared about. That was not what I cared about. That was one small part of another big canvas that I had. In the end, I had to reduce the film to just me and Diane Keaton, and that relationship..."Allen wanted Annie Hall to be even more experimental than what ended up on screen, though one still can see ways in which Allen is experimenting with narrative structure- the subtitles during the conversation with Alvy and Annie, telling us what they really think, the split screen therapy session, the animated sequence- in the finished film. Allen also was not a fan of Manhattan, despite it now being considered one of his finest, if not best, films. Allen so strongly disliked this film that he told United Artists he'd direct another film for them, for free, if they shelved the film. 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters is another film he considers a disappointment. Like Annie Hall, he views it as a compromised vision:
"Hannah and Her Sisters was a big disappointment because I had to compromise my original intention tremendously to survive with the film."It is to be noted that Allen doesn't consider his filmography to be one that will live on. But if Annie Hall and Manhattan don't stand the test of time, then what chance does any other filmmaker have?