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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 may contain 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…
I'm pretty sure that I'll never get around to watching every Woody Allen film, and that's not just because of his varying degrees of quality (going from Midnight in Paris to To Rome with Love is one of the multiple examples of dips in caliber), but because no matter what, he's so goddamn prolific. By the time I catch up to another one of his most renowned works, it feels like he's released two more.
Funny enough, I feel that it is Allen's scattershot and conveyor-belt-esque filmography that adds to his more influential and masterful efforts, and with Crimes and Misdemeanors, it proves that when a Woody Allen film works, it really works.
With a universally strong and varied…
“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…
Bewildering, can't remember seeing a Woody Allen film where a character wrestles with guilt before.
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.
"Idea for series: A wealthy builder always trying to realise grandiose dreams à la Donald Trump. To be shot in New York."
As has been said, you can see in this film Allen's explorations of the meaning of crime and truth and Justice in the larger universe and man's place in it. Material found in the later MATCH POINT, as well. That being a film that I've claimed as one of the pictures that reawakened my love of movies and visiting the theatre.
I like Woody Allen's work. A lot. Like, "a lot - a lot". This, in and of itself, is also not a new observation. His work is well paced. He writes about intriguing situations and characters. Like this film, that slowly weaves together the comedic embarrassing sad-sack life of a lame documentary maker into the tragic plight of an…
Perfect blend of drama and comedy.
Woody Allen's judaic version of "Crime and Punishment". It has murder, deep religious and moral debates, love affairs, jealousy and some classic Allen humor. In the end it's a pretty depressing movie that presents a world where shallow people who aren't bothered by ethics or religion can do anything to anyone and still come out on top. Sven Nykvist's very naturalistic cinematography is a perfect fit for the story's brutal realism. It's arguably Allen's most profound movie.
Until I see others to prove me wrong, the best performances in Woody Allen movies are Judy Davis in "Husbands and Wives" and Martin Landau in this. Brilliant... The final scene allows the movie to take on a whole new breathtaking resonance.
Seems like I've finally stumbled upon Woody Allen's masterpiece.
I wasn't really into it at first, thinking he should have stuck to his guns and trashed the familiar 'Woody Allen wants an affair' story, but then I started to get it.
Anyway, he's already made this movie without that subplot and it's called Match Point. And that was great too.
But, then I started to see where he was going with it and I was hooked on every second. Again, I'm starting to notice it's not what Allen does, because he essentially does the same thing with every movie, but how he does it.
These characters are the most human characters he's ever created. They don't discuss culture and the…
Dr. Rosenthal Or: Just A Few Reasons Why Adultery Is Wrong Co-Starring Woody Allen Of Course
In terms of the Woody movies I have seen so far (which is a pitifully small amount as I've only recently gotten into his work), Crimes and Misdemeanors is as close to "Out-N-Out Bergman" as his needle has gotten on the Existentialism Scale®. Sure, he may have previously approached the not-shameful "Coen Brothers When They Feel Like It" tick with Hannah and Her Sisters, but "Out-N-Out Bergman"? Potentially perilous waters indeed.
Speaking of Hannah and Her Sisters, which was released only three years earlier, I sensed big structural and thematic similarities between it and Crimes. They both feature dual, intercut plots, one of involving a prolonged extramarital affair (admittedly common Allen fare anyway), and the other involving a restless Woody…
La comedia es tragedia+tiempo. Demoledor retrato de la naturaleza humana. Perfectamente entre las cinco mejores películas de Woody Allen. Y crece cada año que pasa, si perder vigencia. Vamos, una obra maestra.
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