A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
Probablemente el mejor guion de Woody Allen o al menos con el que mejor me puedo identificar.
Nos presentan 2 historias simultaneas entre 2 individuos, uno que se apega a su código moral mientras que el otro decide cometer un crimen para luego caer en culpa por lo cometido. Mientras que ambos tratan de mantener el amor en su vida y caen en la infidelidad, el que comete el crimen logra sobreponerse y solo olvidar lo que hizo, mientras que el otro termina perdiéndolo todo.
AL final es lo real del mensaje del film lo que golpea, pues de nada sirve creer en lo moral, en el amor y tus sueños, sin las acciones necesarias para lograrlo o la suerte…
"La comedia es tragedia + tiempo"
"La comedia es tragedia + tiempo"
Increíble como un film que consideraba una absoluta obra maestra con otra visionada me ha parecido sólo un film sobresaliente del autor neoyorquino y a su vez me ha hecho darme cuenta de cuanto amo Match Point y cómo es sin duda alguna el trabajo que más me gusta de Woody Allen.
Una semana para reafirmar mis verdaderas películas favoritas, una lástima que no pueda seguir catalogando a Crimes and Misdemeanors como una de ellas. Aún así, es difícil negar el magistral guión que tiene y aún más resaltante el humor que se maneja en el mismo.
"-He wants to produce something of mine.
-Yeah. Your first child."
αυτό πρέπει να είναι το match που άναψε το matchpoint. υγ: η ταινία ζυγίζει 400 κιλά και ταυτόχρονα 21 γραμμάρια. μην κάνετε τραμπάλα μαζί της
I saw this film for the first time recently and it was one of only two times that I have uttered to myself "That may be the best film I have ever seen" (the other film was Hitchcock's "Marnie" when I saw it for the first time a number of years ago).What Allen has done with this film is nothing short of astounding.His script and direction are stunning.This film is rich with wit,intelligence,profundity,humour,tension and complexity.The two stories are both completely different in terms of genre and tone,one being an utterly gripping existential dramatic thriller and the other being a quintessential Allen romantic comedy,yet they are both equally effective and meet perfectly at the end.Martin Landau's performance is nothing short of astonishing and Allen himself is on top form with wonderful support coming from Mia Farrow,Anjelica Huston,Alan Alda,Sam Waterston and Claire Bloom.This is a really special,absolutely astounding film,the work of an artist in complete command of their craft.A masterpiece.
En "Crime and Misdemeanors", Woody Allen explora con sequedad y un evidente tono de pesimismo y desazón, los dilemas morales del crimen, y los límites de la sociedad moderna para combatirlo, en la historia cuyo protagonista es Martin Landau.
Pero aborda con aún mayor angustia y aversión, los riesgos de la mediocridad y la estulticia como parámetros de éxito en las actividades creativas modernas, en la historia protagonizada por Alan Alda.
Ambos melodramas (el segundo con una pizca de comedia) son presididos por la entrevista a Martin S. Bergmann (disfrazado en el film de un inconcluso documental al Prof. Louis Levy), quien hace la más severa y compleja disección del tema para la película, muy en el estilo (y obvio homenaje) del antropólogo social en off de la maravillosa "Mon oncle d'Amérique", de Resnais.
El film es soberbio, punzante... Pero desolador.
The universe is cold and indifferent, but it is we who inject warmth and meaning into it. While the overall arch of the film leans towards bleakness and said coldness and indifference, I choose to give favour to the warmth and humanity, whatever of it that may be, that embodies the film in the form of Woody Allen's character, Cliff. Because in the end, it's Cliff who gets to carry on with his life, while everyone else is stuck in their own worlds of fantasies and delusions. The bleak and the cold have consumed me far too much over the past year and for me to give further weight to them would be akin to digging my own grave.
This film to me is the ultimate Woody Allen film and is one that I'll be sure to revisit again soon.
Ehhhhhhhhhh, I don't know. Martian Landau's story just felt like Allen's attempt at making one of those "Found God Through Sin" stories. Although the acting, writing and all above film making is much better than 90% of those types of films and Woody Allen's... Well... was just a typical Woody Allen plot line, it's like he couldn't drag out the story for long enough so he decided to throw in another. It's entertaining enough and it's definitely worth watching, but it's far from the mans best.
woody allen films in which a dull white man cheats on his lover with a "kooky young woman" and complains about his life
i can't believe this man is thought to be a storytelling genius when will his reign of terror just END