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…
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.
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!
One of Allen's first films - very much in the earlier, funnier films he came to distance himself from. But at the time we was a working comedian, doing stand up and having written gags for other performers since he was 16, so its not a surprising turn.
The story is pretty weak, but there are more gags (sight and verbal) packed into five minutes here than most have for their entire duration. And there are a couple of surreal bits that suggest Allen's later pre-occupation with Death - with a funny twist.
Sly Stallone appears briefly as a mugger.
The movie is enjoyable, funny, but it is just a collection of gags. Under the cover you can find some political ideas, but they are poorly developed.
Revendo e agradecendo por Woody Allen ter mudado tanto de estilo.
Film 105 of "The December Challenge 3"
82 minutes (9415 total)
1st time watch
This time around I was looking forward to this Woody Allen comedy since I enjoyed Sleeper as much as I did. For the most part I thought this film was ok, but I didn't find the humor as funny this time around and I also found the pacing very slow. It's only 82 minutes, but it felt much longer.
Allen plays a New Yorker that ends up in the middle of a revolution in a Latin American country and eventually becomes the President. The story is ok, but the laughs didn't come very often for me. Allen wasn't as funny in this for me either. He…
Woody Allen, in such a light, comedic tone, takes on politics. “It’s all over for El Presidente” as the beginning depicts an assassination on the news with sports-style commentary before introducing Fielding Mellish (Allen), an invention tester. Marvin Hamlisch’s Mexican music sets the scene as Mellish is caught up in a revolution when attempting to woo a lovely lady in Nancy (Louise Lasser). Amongst the highlights is an homage to Chaplin’s Modern Times, as Allen is caught up in an exercise-in-the-workplace invention while a trial reveals J. Edgar Hoover as large, black woman. Bananas, like Sleeper and Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex, is Allen having fun. Poking fun at fashionable revolutions and using one-liners to nab every opportunity for a gag, Woody knows how to toy with us but flounders when sewing the story together. Also includes a small role Stallone playing a thug tops off Bananas.
Woody Allen's comedy in this very early film of his is rather unrefined, as it is primarily composed of disjoint visual gags and one-liners, but the raw humor this film employs is some of the funniest in all of Allen's filmography. From the opening scene that mocks both third-world countries and television news to the characterization of Fielding Mellish and the narration of his adventures, this film contains several laughs a minute, most of which are successfully hilarious.
Allen's character, Fielding Mellish, is even more neurotic than his later roles in Annie Hall and Manhattan would prove to be, and this is a source of much of the humor in the film. Though the bulk of the film's humor does…
Woody Allen is his typically neurotic Jewish New Yorker who unwittingly becomes immersed in a revolution occurring in a Latin American banana republic. Although some of the humor falls flat in this early Allen comedy, his satire of revolutions and revolutionaries - most notably the opening scene where Howard Cosell, on ABC's Wide World of Sports, acts as an announcer of a Latin-American president's assassination as if it were a boxing match, and then interviews his dictator replacement - is hilarious and perpetually topical. Louise Lasser is equally good as Allen's vacuous radical girlfriend. Sylvester Stallone, in one of his first credits, has a non-speaking cameo as a subway mugger.
This is the first Woody Allen film I have watched in a while. My opinion of him and his movies has diminished somewhat in the past decades. I try not to let an artist's private life affect my opinion of their work too much, but it did with Allen. His personal life aside, there is a rambunctiousness and energy to his earlier films that his later works don't have. I have always preferred earlier Woody Allen. The films from this period are so immature, so willing to do anything for a joke I find them hard to dislike. Not everything works, but I found myself laughing more than not.
There is very little plot, and quite a bit of dirty…
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