Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, is out today, and that’s about all the excuse we need to sing the praises of one of our all-time favorite leading ladies. In 50 films over the course of 40-plus years, Keaton has assembled a body of work that is unique in today’s cinematic landscape: she’s crafted a distinctive and memorable onscreen persona, without repeating herself or wearing out a tired shtick. After the jump, we’ve selected ten of our favorite individual moments — a scene, a conversation, even a look — from her career; add your own in the comments.
On morality, Love and Death
As you might expect, it’s tough to do a list like this and not focus entirely on Keaton’s collaborations with Woody Allen. In their seven feature films (and an unfortunately still-buried PBS special) together, Keaton proved Allen’s ideal leading lady, marvelously personifying the occasionally brilliant, occasionally dizzy urban sophisticate. But in his earliest comedies, she also showed a seldom-utilized flair for broad, physical comedy and outright silliness. Take, for example, this oddball seduction sequence from Allen’s hilarious 1975 satire on Russian literature, Love and Death. She’s doing takes, she’s doing physical comedy, she’s daffy but sexy. But watch, in particular, her peerless comic timing when she delivers the line, “It would be immoral. What time?”