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Crimes and Misdemeanors
A film about humanity.
An opthamologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Such a perfect encapsulation of Allen's worldview that he might as well have just retired afterward—this was everything he had to say in one brilliantly conceived package. That its themes are stated so bluntly has never bothered me, because the characters are actively wrestling with those questions; the dialogue (Judah's especially) may be openly existential, but none of it rings false in this particular context. What's mysterious and miraculous to me, still, is the way that the two stories inform each other without Allen forcing the issue via cutesy deliberate parallels. Until the magnificent final scene that brings Judah and Cliff together, it really does play like two completely separate films that have been spliced together, each of which…
Bewildering, can't remember seeing a Woody Allen film where a character wrestles with guilt before.
“God is a luxury I can’t afford”
Crimes and Misdemeanors is a rare piece of cinema; blending straight up humor whilst giving the audience something to chew on. Actually, [it’s] more than just something… it’s a lot of things. It’s rare to see a film appease on both intellectual and entertainment levels. Woody Allen addresses the complexity of human nature/emotion(s) with both dramatic and comedic appeal; satisfying everyone.
Allen’s screenplay revolves around two protagonists with no relation with the other. But because of their similar situations, are seamlessly juxtaposed in this story. Judah (Landau) a praised philanthropic ophthalmologist in the middle of an ugly love affair that may bring down his life’s work. Cliff (Allen) is a down on his…
Crimes and Misdemeanors is Woody Allen in top form. It has a lot to say about human nature and is one of his most poignant films. Martin Landau also gives a great performance.
Performances : 7.7/10
Story : 7.1/10
Production : 6.6/10
Overall : 7.13/10
I'd just like to say that as a technician, Woody Allen is not a class A director. As a story teller though, I don't think there has been or ever will be a better director.
Just my two cents.
Crimes and Misdemeanors is a film with two different story lines with a similarity, both of the central characters are struggling with a difficult decision in life.
This stories approach complicated themes as the existence of God, guilt and the capability of accepting our mistakes. It's deep but it also has very funny parts and everything is very well structured.
The performances are great and once again is proved that Woody Allen's writting abilities are amazing.
Noah Baumbach must've watched this a lot preparing for While We're Young. Too bad he didn't take any of the right lessons from it.
If Woody Allen had made "A Serious Man":
I am continually surprised by the sheer quality and variety in the films of Woody Allen. They're so different, yet retain a similar tone, all the while, taking on new themes and debates. Vibrantly funny, absurd at times, but always keeping that true sense of place. I love Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Comedy is tragedy plus time.
This was the one, they told me. You didn’t like Annie Hall, you didn’t like Manhattan, but you’ll love Crimes and Misdemeanors. And while I certainly like it more than any other Allen I’ve seen, I’ve still got my problems with it. Not on a filmmaking level. No, the film is elegantly constructed and, for the most part, perfectly pitched. My first problem is the thematic bluntness of the movie. I get that these characters are actively struggling with the central problem, but I’d hope that Woody Allen of all people could find a more elegant way of integrating those points. My second problem is the same problem that I have with all Woody films: I don’t find them that…
"I haven't been inside of a woman since I visited the Statue of Liberty."
This movie gets 4 stars for that line alone. The rest is a wonderfully acted piece of the usual Woody Allen middle class/middle aged crisis dramedy that we've come to expect. Not one of his all-time bests but a solid effort all around.
Add this one to the increasing pile of "Woody Allen movies I underrated on first viewing" (it sits beside Deconstructing Harry and Broadway Danny Rose). My main complaint (if you can call it that) the first time was that the "funny" parts weren't as funny as I was expecting them to be, but I don't know if I was expecting them to have Bananas-level hijinks or something, because I laughed often on this viewing (just the great use of movie clips to comment on the actions of both stories alone made me laugh a lot). And the Martin Landau story and the conclusion at the wedding was just as chilling and wonderful (not in the sense of it containing wonder,…
Somos la suma de nuestras acciones.
Darker, stronger, better. Woody Allen made this film because he felt he'd left the Hannah and her sisters characters too well off.
The movie is a ride along the perverse and shady line of thought of it's director.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!