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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.
“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.
I am not a fan of Woody Allen. His movies are all right--pretty funny sometimes. The controversies that dog him are troubling, but they're not why I don't like him--I'm not exactly reserving judgment on those, but I separate art from personal life as a general rule. No, I don't like him because of his public persona. Like Tarantino, he just seems smug. Not charming smug, like George Clooney, but creepy smug. I can't watch his films without seeing that underlying the woeful neurotics he plays. So it's not really fair of me to say whether his films are good or bad. They've lost before they've begun.
But I'll say this much: if I could judge a film based solely…
"Last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty."- Cliff Stern
After loving Manhattan Murder Mystery I chose Crimes and Misdemeanors as my next Woody Allen film. Unfortunately I didn't like it nearly as much. This film is really two stories in one that overlap. The problem I had was that I liked both stories on there own, but I felt they didn't really blend together well. Woody Allen was once again hilarious and I liked his story better than the other one. The rest of the cast did a great job, but this is a film I definitely need to give another shot. 6.5/10
Crimes and Misdemeanors is Allen's bleakest film. The characters are very well-written, yet the films plays out like a Medieval morality play of sorts with Jack, for instance, a personification of Evil, Louis Levy and rabbi Ben personifications of Good, etc. It transcends the genre of drama. Judah's redemption is proof for Lester's truth that comedy is tragedy plus time. Woody Allen remade the film 16 years later with Match Point, and one notices the same directorial choices (w/r/t structure, character development, use of music, etc.)
No tengo más que halagos para esta película. Todo en ella es perfecto, el guión es una maravilla, la psicología de cada personaje -aun cuando algunos tengan participaciones menores- está tan perfectamente trazada y cada uno de los actores hace un trabajo excelso al darles vida. Me encantó la forma en la que se muestran los sentimientos de los personajes a través de flashbacks y escenas de películas. Allen ama el cine y aquí lo demuestra de la mejor forma posible. Mención aparte al título y al póster que me parecen de los más acertados. Y ya por último no puedo dejar de alabar esa escena en la que Woody menciona que vuelve a ver Singin' in the Rain para sentirse bien. Fantástica.
Part of the 24 Hour Movie Marathon
2:31am: Crimes and Misdemeanors starts. I think Steedle really liked Dark City and his excitement kept me excited about a movie I’ve seen at least 3 times.
2:54am: Matt makes a parallel between Anjelica Huston and the girlfriend of Michael J. Fox in Teenwolf and their similar hairstyles. After Steedle and I laugh at him, I take note of this sad sad event of our marathon. To quote SNL Celebrity Jeopardy, “And the show has reached a new low…”
4:20am: No, not smoking up but rather sitting here facing two movies left to go until this charade is over. This was a terrible idea in many respects. We’re like zombies, just staring at…
esta fue una de las primeras películas que vi de allen y una de las que le he visto más veces. tenía un buen rato sin verla (no tanto: máximo unos dos años) y pensé que quizá sus diálogos eran menos fluidos de lo que recordaba --tomando en cuenta que sus personajes tienen consideraciones filosóficas densas y trascendentes en varias ocasiones. no es así: cada una de las ocasiones en que este tipo de temas se discuten estamos ante a) un monólogo diálogo bergmaniano; b) unos judíos de brooklyn discutiendo. así, la fluidez está cantadísima; no parece torpe ni forzado ni, válgame, "pretencioso". la historia de judah es genial; su personaje es un hombre de unas profundidas insondables y expresión…
Actores soberbios, diálogos geniales, ritmo adecuado, en fin, Allen en plena forma.
I really enjoy Woody Allen movies when Allen's not in them, this would be a great movie if he stayed behind the camera and not in front of it. Martin Landau delivers an amazing performance and so many parts are great but every time Allen it's onscreen it becomes every other Woody Allen movie where he showcases himself.
An opticians mistress threatens to reveal all to his wife, his brother has Mafia connections and offers to sort things out... Another bleak gloomily serious Bergmanesque look at life from Woody Allen along the same lines as Another Woman etc. Except this one is somewhat different for the film is two separate stories that reflect each other but really only join up at the end. The second story, which receives considerably less screen time is Allen more in Manhattan mode. A documentary maker is forced (for financial reasons) to make a film about his brother-in-law an insufferably egotistical comedy producer (wonderfully played by Alan Alda) both fall for the same woman (inevitably Mia Farrow.) This part of the film at least has laughs, but is still, ultimately, equally downbeat. Allen here proves that he can make a thoroughly serious film and still include his trademark humour.
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