There are few comedian/actors who command the intelligent and physical comedic talent of Woody Allen. His own written and directed movies are classics, however Play it Again Sam is something special specifically because he did not direct. The transitions are smooth. You don't get the feeling that the ensemble are free-wheeling any improv in this. Here the arcs, story, timing, and acting are compellingly sweet and accessible perhaps because Allen's ego, as undetectable as it might be in his own films, is minus the responsibility of direction. As such, Diane Keaton is at her innocent and lovely best with beats that have a completely different rhythm than her work in Allen's directorial efforts. The entire cast is exceptional, but Woody Allen channels his neurotic energies into a character that is everyman - more than any of his other films except maybe Deconstructing Henry which is his artistic pinnacle in my opinion due to its blatant personal honesty. Play it Again, Sam is just pure film lover joy. I can't wait to watch it again, but first, because Bogart plays such a pivotal role in the screenplay, I'm going to have to watch Casablanca for the fourth time in preparation. For Woody Allen lovers, although Allen wrote it, the dialog is not nearly as psychologically intelligent and deep as his own films, instead we are treated with something more accessible, entertaining, endearing, and relatable. It's kind of the perfect marriage and transition from his Bananas-type work and his more introspective films later on.