I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.
Perhaps the strongest of Allen's 'early, funny ones', Bananas is still Woody erecting a fairly skeletal framework of a plot to hang his inventive verbal and physical gags on. It's not until later that he begins to get the balance right.
That is not to say that there isn't plenty to like here. Anybody that can combine adept Marx Brothers goofery with knowingly highbrow nods to miserablist Danish existentialist Søren Kierkegaard without the whole thing disintegrating at the seams is obviously doing something right. The story is also bookended by two genuinely hilarious scenes of sports reportage about topics that really shouldn't have that kind of journalism.
The story itself involves Fielding Mellish (Allen), a products tester, who takes off…
Film 5 of 70's Cinema Marathon
I do not have much to say on this one, but I did enjoy the moments where you can see the silent comedy influence on Woody Allen. The character he plays (Fielding Mellish) here is a very awkward, nervous and lonely man, who ends up being a part of a revolution group after being dumped by his activist girlfriend.
Bananas is one of Woody Allen's earliest films and the title says it all, it's crazy!
It tells the story of Fielding Mellish, a product tester from New York who deeply fall in love with an activist called Nancy who is trying to restore democracy in a Latin American country called San Marcos. After she leaves him because she wasn't happy in their relationship, Fielding decides to go to San Marcos and there he gets involved with the military rebel forces. This story has hilarious moments and there's a lot of satire and political jokes.
Woody Allen's physical comedy was great and those were my favorite moments in the film, when he was just doing crazy stuff making me laugh without saying a word!
Looking back, it’s weird to see just how much Woody Allen has evolved (and subsequently devolved…) as a director over the years. Before he hit his stride as the socially-aware author of some of cinema’s greatest romantic comedies, Allen was primarily concerned with sight gags and the comic style of the Marx Brothers. Rather than the social commentary that Allen is now most famous for, his earlier output dealt mostly in slapstick and surrealism, with Bananas being both the most famous and the most successful of these films. As a big fan of Allen’s later work, I’ve always been wary of films like this for the simple reason that I’m not the biggest fan of this style of comedy.…
Nice to see something slightly different from Woody Allen, albeit full of the same well-written humour that has got him where he is today, but I find it much harder to enjoy his slightly bizarre comedies when there is no - big - focus on a relationship, even if his work does feel incredibly repetitive. It's not as funny as Love & Death but at the same time it feels very similar.
"Bananas" is Allen's Chaplin/Keaton/Marx Brothers film.
It has several extended sequences that rely solely on physical comedy instead of dialogue, and it's all done pretty well.
Watching these Allen films in short succession, you quickly understand why people seem to either love or hate Woody Allen. His characters to this point exist in a narrow band of the spectrum - they're all sad, slightly lecherous, bumbling dweebs who try way too hard to impress the women of their affection. And yet, I've got a soft spot for practically all of them. They're such great underdogs. And I've always admired Allen's decision to poke fun at himself and his shortcomings before pointing out anyone else's.
A scene in "Bananas" underscores this…
Probably my favorite Woody Allen film. There are so many fantastic moments here that allows the film to transcend typical Allen comedy (which, by the way, is totally on point and as good as ever here) and become something actually a bit thoughtful concerning propaganda (gotta love the BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN reference that was oh so fitting) as it occurs in countries going through civil unrest *and* more structured, democratic nations such as the America portrayed in this film.
Which, by the way, even though BANANAS over-exaggerates how America (I cannot speak for other countries) prys into the personal lives of those that make the news, the over-exaggeration is not as, well, exaggerated by 21st century standards. For example, a couple…
It's hard to properly assess these early ones. So much that works and quite a bit that doesn't quite. The funny scenes, mostly located in the first half, remain incredibly funny.
Ekonomično i efikasno.
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A film with lines like "the National Rifle Association declares death a good thing" should have been very funny throughout - this Woody Allen comedy was extremely funny in places but felt like a series of sketches in a TV show, some of which weren't as funny as others, rather than the coherent story of a man who unwittingly becomes involved in a Latin American coup d'état.
A man is dumped by his activist girlfriend and seeks to impress her by going down to South America and joining a rebellion against a dictatorship.
I was a little disappointed with this Woody Allen film. Although the idea is very interesting, I thought the plot was lacking in structure. The flow of the story was disrupted by choppy editing, odd shot choices and unnecessary sequences. Even though there were some really great jokes, the rest were too repetitive and silly. In addition, Allen's character seemed flat and didn't end up learning much by the finale.
Overall, not my favorite Woody Allen film.
Probably the weakest of the early Allen films, but just so darn funny.
Bananalands, part one.
This double feature concerns male protagonists who find themselves in seemingly unfulfilling jobs and decide to take things into their own hands with varying degrees of drastic rebellion. There is a harp in both films as well.
I love the loose energy that WA brings to his 'early, funny' films. Nice Marvin Hamlisch score. Good chemistry between WA and Louise Lasser. And the gags that land work very well for me! Trial, giving/receiving, etc.
I'm a big Woody Allen fan. Duh duh.
AmHustle tried the "ooh pretend the Sheik is from another country and he's gonna meet someone after he walks off a plane and he will need a translator" thing in 2013 but I thought it worked better here in 1971.
82 minutes recommended.
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