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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.
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.
As I said in my review of HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, Woody Allen's career seemed to be peaking in the 1980's, and that film in particular felt like a very organic continuation to MANHATTAN. But Woody himself was dissatisfied with the film's saccharine ending, and wanted to complete this "trilogy" of sorts. So he did so with what I consider his magnum opus, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.
His output in between the two films was inconsistent. RADIO DAYS was a lighthearted nostalgic trip, SEPTEMBER considered one of his biggest failures, ANOTHER WOMAN was a strong but mostly forgotten little gem, and his short film in NEW YORK STORIES received a mixed response. It seemed that Woody really wanted to return to…
"What is the guy so upset about? You'd think nobody was ever compared to Mussolini before."
No one is happy. A married man wants to have an affair, and a man having an affair realizes he loves his wife. People can't see themselves for who they really are. Shit happens, and it doesn't necessarily mean anything.
There are some funny moments, but it also drags a lot.
The last Woody Allen movie that I think is as great as the critical reviews it received. There are plenty of funny moments, but I think the movie actually works best as a drama. It was nice to see a great veteran actor like Martin Landau get a late career resurgence with parts like the one in this movie.
Definitely top-tier Woody Allen. The writing, acting and directing are first-rate, as he finishes off another of his artistic purple patches. I'm not an Alan Alda fan in the slightest simply because he's so good at this slimy, know-it-all persona that he once again carries off so effortlessly here. An essential watch for all cinephiles, and worth a purchase and rewatches for Woody Allen enthusiasts.
Some pretty funny moments adrift in a sea of petty philosophizing, poorly developed characters, and undeserved sense of satisfaction. It's Crime and Punishment for middle-brow intellectuals who know they've got it all figured out.
Another film that a lot of people consider Allen's best that I personally can't agree with. I have a lot of the same thoughts that I did about Match Point only this movie did it first and was slightly better at it. [B]
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