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.
Fielding Mellish, an individual who fails to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend, finds himself dragged into South America, where he accidentally becomes a libertarian who will be left in charge the negotiations with the United States.
Bananas is a film that perfectly defines Woody Allen's style before deepening both his romantic and dramatic side. Formerly, his films were just an accumulation of dry jokes (some simple and some more complex), pure comedies that do not have much to offer besides funny gags. Most of the jokes actually land (there are a few gags that don't work as well as Woody wished), but the truth is that Bananas is simply and easily forgettable.
Woody Allen offers you a very enjoyable…
"Bananas" may be the closest writer/director/star, Woody Allen, ever comes to Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, and the Marx Brothers. Though not of the same quality as Brooks' best parodies, Kubrick's "Dr. Stangelove..." or the brothers Marx's "Duck Soup," the film bears similar qualities to each. However, this political satire and romantic comedy is pure Allen, and, though it can be compared to the above greats, it is full of signature Allen moments.
Built around a New York City nebbish who finds himself entangled in a Latin American revolution, the film has Allen playing a typically Allenesque character. Intellectual, unlucky in love, and talkative, Allen's Fielding Mellish is little different than Alvy Singer or any of the similarly quirky romantics Allen…
I haven't watched a Woody Allen movie in more years than I could guess. When I was young and would watch anything on TV I caught Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, Mighty Aphrodite and enough buts and pieces of Curse of the Jade Scorpion to know I'd love it if I ever sat down and watched it properly.
Then in college I was given, literally, a garbage bag FILLED with cassettes that a middle aged lady didn't want anymore. In there were some interesting klezmer tapes, some old mix tapes, a lot of 70's singer-songwriter kind of stuff and a Woody Allen stand up tape. This renewed my dormant interest in the man years after seeing a…
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…
A funny spoof from the great Woody Allen. Not my favorite type of film that Allen does but it still made me laugh, and moderately kept my attention. It was a surprise to see Sylvester Stallone in this basically as an extra.
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!
Che: Part One and Eleven-Nineteenths
Early Woody Allen. Slapstick lots of gag-jokes, inspiration from
the Marx Brothers. Also some of the jokes in this film feels like they would belong in an Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker-film.
I still prefer SLEEPER over this movie, but it's still plenty goofy and enjoyable.
That kazoo music got mildly irritating over the course of the movie, though.
Bizarre, off-the-wall, counter-cultural comedy from an early Woody Allen. Works really well, and is hilarious as a political satire. Very similar to Mel Brooks and Seth MacFarlane in style and delivery of the many jokes. Some jokes might go over the heads of the viewer... at least those who aren't familiar with the time period. Some of the raunchy jokes almost foreshadow the allegations Woody faced later in his life.
Nota = 5,5
"New Testament cigarettes, I smoke them. HE smokes them."
Odd, irreverent, intermittently funny, haphazard but with some great satirical scenes. Woody was already Woody in 1971.
"Blood! That should be on the inside!"
Fielding Mellish: I love Eastern philosophy. It's... it's metaphysical, and redundant. Abortively pedantic.
Nancy: I know just what you mean!
there are only very few woody allen movies i like, most of them i think are stupid. i guess they are mainstream funny, what is not funny to me. not once i had the urge to smile, was just hoping the poor idiot get killed or could go back home so the movie is over!
As the title suggests, Woody Allen's 3rd film as director is completely bonkers - but it's immense fun!
It plays out as a reality game show - but it is life itself that forms the show! It all kicks off with ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage of the 'Assassination of The Week' which this week goes to the President of the Latin-American republic of San Marcos. He is even interviewed about his execution as he gasps for his last breaths! Funny stuff.
Highlights include the aforementioned assassination, the brilliantly physical acting of Woody Allen in the final court scene (which I could watch over & over) & the final scene of the film which, again in reality TV mode shows the…
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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