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…
La película donde Woody Allen se enfrenta a Stallone.
O donde tuvo los créditos más coloristas y marchosos.
O donde su personaje se parecía más a Jerry Lewis.
Me he vuelto a reír un montón.
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.
Early, funny Woody is funny and early. The prospect of watching one of Allen's out-and-out comedies after years of only having seen his later, more acclaimed (and even later, less acclaimed) work was daunting as just watching a still-developing (albeit tremendously talented) comic make sex jokes and take broad swipes at '70s foreign policy couldn't compare to the refined beauty of a MANHATTAN or an ANNIE HALL, right?
It turns out that wasn't so much a problem. I laughed, and that was all I needed from this movie. It takes some absurdist turns that are largely missing from his later work but which enliven the frothy farce beyond its ridiculous plot and were a welcome change of pace from Allen's recent spate of hand-wringing intellectuals fawning over each other in European tourist towns.
This is KIND of incredible. Note, KIND of. It was my first foray into pre-romantic/existential Woody Allen, rather comedian Woody Allen. Every bit in this film feels like stand up, and I love it. Perhaps I was in an "altered state", but as the film continued, it felt like it was collapsing in on itself, and that it deserved to be watch on a television that is also on fire at the same time; the ridiculousness hit me that hard. I didn't really love the early part of the film, even though I understand the development over time necessary to get to where it finally gets. Still, nebbish sex-monstrosity Woody Allen still creeps me out. What I DO love is…
I'm not a giant fan of early Woody Allen, but I generally enjoy his early, really silly films ... what's not to like with all the cribbing from Chaplin and the Marx Brothers? This one leaves me cold. It has a few jokes that work, but most of them are pretty stale jokes told awkwardly. It's a good idea poorly executed.
Despite my bashing of Bananas’ political comedy in my review of Take the Money and Run, the film had an aspect which really worked. The film starts and ends with a television correspondent reporting in the field at the planned assassination of a dictator in San Marcos (a fictitious Latin American country), and then at the consummation of the protagonist’s honeymoon, respectively. This dense satire on American television news features the correspondent working his way through the crowd to get interviews with the dying dictator and successfully consummated couple, an invasiveness justified in both cases by his position as an American journalist. There is another correspondent featured in the film who stoically reports ludicrous breaking news, then after he has…
Early Allen has this real weird kind of undertone that leaves the viewer with many 'I've-seen-this-before' type thoughts and emotions.
I'd been lef to believe that this was one Woody Allen movie worth skipping. I was led to believe that it was silly, poorly written and completely stupid, and therefore, not worth wasting my time with.
To the people who led me to believe this... never give me advices again because Bananas is hilarious and kept me entertained from first frame til last.
I couldn't tell you what the story was actually about, something to do with relatinships, insecurity, manliness, crass TV journalism and becoming the leader of a cuban revolution, yadayadayada. It doesn't really matter, just sit back and laugh at the impressive number of gags per minute and cringe everytime Woody tries his best to get laid (truly…
I'm not exactly certain what you can say about this short little Woody Allen comedy (it's not even an hour and a half long) from a critical standpoint. The film is exactly as its title suggests, quite literally Bananas.
Right out of the gate it's easy to say that this film is probably the funniest of all the early Woody Allen films, though that's more an act of attrition then any real quality of the film. This Marx-Brothers inspired slapstick is essentially throwing every joke at you at a breakneck speed, making its 82 minute runtime feel more like a slightly elongated sitcom pilot. And taken as that, a brief distraction that is high on the hilarity, the film works…
Surprisingly political for early Allen, though the best jokes are just silly: in a dream sequence, two mid-crucifixion crosses compete for a parking space.
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…