Five key per­for­mances

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ARTS & BOOKS - Diane Keaton


And the God­fa­ther Part II, ob­vi­ously. Keaton made the most of a thank­less role: the WASP out­sider who mar­ries into a Mafia clan. She is rarely in the heart of the ac­tion, but her char­ac­ter is vi­tal as a mea­sure of the ex­tent to which the Cor­leones are adopt­ing white-bread Amer­i­can val­ues.

AN­NIE HALL (1977)

The part­ner­ship be­tween Woody Allen and Diane Keaton de­liv­ered an enor­mous string of comic clas­sics: Love and Death, Sleeper, Man­hat­tan, Man­hat­tan Mur­der Mys­tery. But this is the film that re­ally en­gages with Keaton’s per­sona.

REDS (1981)

Though praised at the time and nom­i­nated for seven Os­cars, War­ren Beatty’s study of left-wing jour­nal­ist John Reed now feels like an un­der­rated film. Keaton was su­perb as fel­low jour­nal­ist Luise Bryant.


The re­venge com­edy brought to­gether Keaton, Bette Mi­dler and Goldie Hawn for a com­edy that of­fered fluid ex­pres­sion of an in­creas­ingly com­mon fe­male frus­tra­tion. A huge hit, it later be­came a stage mu­si­cal.


Nancy Mey­ers knows how to work a good cast. Her 2003 com­edy cast Keaton as a play­wright jug­gling the at­ten­tions of Jack Ni­chol­son and (why not?) Keanu Reeves. Diane re­ceived her most re­cent Os­car nom­i­na­tion for the film.

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