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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.
"If it bends, it's funny. If it breaks, it isn't." ~ Lester
Ah, Woody Allen. What can I say? I love him; I hate him. I get him, and I don't understand what the hell he is trying to accomplish. He's a genius, and he's a total nincompoop. Huge winner. Major loser. Why do I even bother?
Crimes & Misdemenanors is my 17th venture into the world according to Woody. It's classified as both a "drama" and a "comedy" because there are really two stories. One is more dramatic and the other a bit more comic, and they eventually intersect ... kind of like two parallel lines reaching infinity ... with a blind rabbi providing the proper place and time. So…
A compellingly solid entry in Woody Allen’s prolific filmography, Crimes and Misdemeanors is a smartly told, thoughtful and beautifully acted film that narratively presents two distinctive storylines: one involving a documentary filmmaker going through tough times in his marriage who’s having a terrible time making a movie about his annoying brother-in-law but who finds a new love unexpectedly; and the other one is about an ophthalmologist cheating on his wife that takes drastically risky measures to appease the situation when his mistress threatens him with revealing their affair. This film is thematically darker than most of Allen’s works and it’s much more leaned on the dramatic side, but it contains also a handful of delightfully humorous moments.
How it goes…
Though it reduces the poised Anjelica Huston to a sniveling mistress, there is much to admire about Crimes and Misdemeanors; however, stilted dialogue and a cast on autopilot keep it from reaching the heights of Woody's classics.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Good guy Woody Allen, discouraging men from cheating because MURDER since forever.
Favourite bit was probably seeing Alan Alda play the exact same character he plays on M*A*S*H, but just by twisting the circumstances he suddenly becomes an asshole.
Crimes and Misdemeanors is an immaculately crafted, beautiful blend of comedy and tragedy, and as such its maybe the most perfect movie I've ever seen. It never fails to lift my spirits. Lester might be the greatest know-it-all sophisticate douchebag ever created by Allen, which is saying a lot. And how about that super-smooth jazz-club guy? How does he come up with characters like these? This is the genius of Woody Allen in its purest form.
Film #2 in the "You haven't seen THAT?!" project.
"Last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the statue of liberty!" - one of the only typical Allen lines in a not at all typical Allen film. While it's definitely an interesting meditation on modern human life and the consequences our actions have, it drags on in a tempo that's a little too slow for my taste, at least when it comes to Allen's films.
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"Y'know, where I grew up, in Brooklyn, nobody committed suicide. Y'know, everyone was too unhappy."
Anywho, I finally got around to seeing this Woody Allen classic! Mia Farrow and Woody have this beautiful chemistry onscreen, which is simply a delight to watch. I give this film a slightly lower score than it may deserve, only because what I love about Woody Allen's films, is the offbeat, Jewish-depressive comedy, that really wasn't as present in Crimes and Misdemeanors as I had hoped it would be. To be clear, I still think this film is genius and beautiful, and when Woody and Martin Landau's paths finally converge, it is absolute magic on the screen.
Hart Street loft, Brooklyn, New York, with Annie S. (?)
This is a fine film, probably the woody allen film I like the most. That said, it is pretty amazing to me just how little there is to be gleaned from a rewatch of it (and in my opinion any of his films). Everything is spelled out in such a way that theres absolutely no suprises. Its dealing with fascinating subtle issues relegated to a simple binary of... well does wrongdoing (crime) affect one or not. Some people yeh... cool. Others commit suicide when they dont want to live anymore whilst the bad guys succeed and end up with the wonderful women. Lets just have the insignificant rabbi go blind and be done with it - symbolic genius.
Spectacular story-telling. Engaging themes. Riveting during some scenes, hilarious out of nowhere in the next.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!