When I first encountered the idiosyncratic speech patterns of Woody Allen’s characters in high school, I simply assumed that was how people talked in the 1970s. Apparently everyone back then stammered, cracked jokes about Ingmar Bergman, and used the phrase “make love” all the time. Disco, bell-bottoms, cocaine; it was just a weird period. There’s no sense trying to explain it.
Woody got older, but most of his characters didn’t, and in the mouths of a new generation of actors, his Woodyisms began to sound a little… off. Even if young people in the past had ever talked about “making love,” they hadn’t done it for years. Yet Allen’s characters continued to “make love” in film after film. It drove me particularly bonkers in Allen’s 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, especially when poor Rebecca Hall had to sell this line: “I’m engaged to be married. I have a handsome, lovely fiancé who. I. Make. Love. With. And also holds a very real place in my heart.”
The way people fell all over Vicky Cristina, it seemed like I was the only one who noticed the stiff, anachronistic dialogue. So I was quite heartened to see this supercut by OfficialComedy compiling the many, many (many) times Woody Allen characters talk about making love:
You’ll notice the line that drove me crazy from Vicky Cristina Barcelona didn’t even make the cut. That means there are even more “making love”s out there just waiting to be discovered and watched in slight discomfort and confusion.