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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.
"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…
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…
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.
Fast and funny Woody Allen film. Easy to digest and always amusing.
Bananas sees Allen, using one of his typical avatars to essentially play himself, become El Presidente of a Latin American nation currently in revolt, inspired by his love of liberal girlfriend Louise Lasser.
Allen's early films are characterised by their simple setups and their propensity for "jokes-per-minute" which was a style he would eventually mature into a his more subtle romantic comedies.
Bananas, like Take the Money and Run before it, is simply setup after setup of snappy one-liners, sharp satire and straight-up visual slapstick. Running a little over 80 minutes, it is an incredibly easy watch with a rapid-fire ratio of jokes, that almost always hit the…
The only really funny Woody I've seen. The dictator speech bludgeons me every time.
Full of some amazing gags and great set pieces but sadly missing a more interesting narrative to keep the interest throughout.
Woody's "earlier, funnier ones" and I mostly do not have the same sense of humor, but watching him have a good time makes for a good time in its own way.
A mixed bag that hasn't aged well, though bookending the movie with Howard Cosell's commentary was a real highlight.
Pajares y los hipsters.
Comedia ligera y amena, sátira sobre el sexo y la política de un joven Allen.
Wonderfully bizarre in what it manages to cram in to an 80 minutes. Things ratchet up so fast that it may be a bit too ambitious for its own good at times but there are some absolutely wonderful gags here. Whether the bookend use of Howard Cosell, Allen in the courtroom or the multiple silent film homages where Allen is in full physical comedy mode.
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.
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…