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Husbands and Wives
When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and meet new people, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained, and they begin to find themselves being attracted to other people.
Performances : 7/10
Story : 6.4/10
Production : 7.9/10
Overall : 7.1/10
At the rate I'm going I think I'll be done the entire Woody Allen catalogue by June. Husbands and Wives is more of the same from Allen, narratively speaking. Production-wise though it's definitely one of his more unique. The cross cutting between the drama unfolding between the characters and the interviews taking place after the fact was inspired and the editing techniques employed is jarring (I promise I mean that in a complimentary way).
Allen and company are great in their respective roles. Sydney Pollack was wonderful, as was Liam Neeson, who for some reason didn't have a gun at any point in the entire movie.
The sort of film that exists solely so that pseudointellectuals who have never been an opium-addled prostitute or a vagrant with superfluous nipples all over his frostbitten face can meet in the lobby afterwards and trade banal comments about its "honesty," then perhaps tell their dull friends at a party the next week how very good the acting was, and then never speak or think of it again. Why ought we care about the state of these dithering yammerers' marriages? The only marriage we care to think of is that between revolutionary thought and revolutionary praxis, as we have explained to our lovers many times.
Film #26 of Project 90
”It’s the second law of thermodynamics, sooner or later everything turns to shit.”
Shockingly honest and outrageously critical, Husbands and Wives could have been a sadistic experience if it wasn't for Woody Allen’s unique sense of humor. Like any other movie from Allen it looks very simple and ordinary at first but if you look closer you’ll see that Allen’s precise and delicate portrayal of various characters and their romantic behaviours along with a distinctive narrative structure have provided the film with an unbelievable power to not only shock its viewers but also to ruin all their myths abut love, romance and happiness. In short Husbands and Wives leaves its viewers discombobulated.
The relationship between…
It's when you watch a Woody Allen movie at its best, with believable, complex, and psychologically sophisticated characters that you realise how fluff like To Rome With Love is Allen gone completely off the boil.
Husbands and Wives examines the nature of married life and the idea of the grass being greener on the other side in a much more satisfying way than in that later film. The innovative faux-documentary style works very well and the characters' motivations are explored with real acuity.
It's to the movie's credit that it wasn't completely overshadowed by the off-screen drama between Allen and Mia Farrow. This is partly down to the amazingly natural performances form all involved.
One of the best films ever made about marriage, as Woody and Mia Farrow witness the break-up of their best friends (Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis), and begin to see that dissatisfaction reflected in their own relationship.
When people say that Allen's more recent dramas have been a pale imitation of his best work, this may well be the "best work" they have in mind: a bristling, brilliant examination of adulthood, romance and the conflicting emotions held within the heart of every human being.
Though filmed in a somewhat peculiar manner - as a mockumentary complete with handheld photography, jump cuts and talking head inserts - it remains a simply staggering achievement, building exponentially in power and resonance as it…
Discussed with Listen Up Philip and The Color Wheel filmmaker Alex Ross Perry in the latest episode of The Cinephiliacs. Can't stress the fact how weird the handheld camera makes the entire rhythms of Allen's usually facetious and harmless comedy suddenly feel loaded with arsenic. The way that Perry talks about some of the more insane moves of the camera makes me want to rewatch it immediately to see how even more weird it gets.
woody allen relationship drama + mockumentary = surprisingly dark????
"Change equals death!"
"What kind of bullshit? That's just a bullshit line! Maybe you fool your twenty-year-old students into thinking that's some kind of a, an insight or something, but it means nothing! Change is what life is made of! Change--if you don't change, you don't grow, you just shrivel up!"
Woody Allen started to question his own voice as early as 1980's Stardust Memories, but he still hasn't done it as pointedly and savagely as he does here. This is a film about how the middle aged White male can forgive only his own seed-spreading and it had four days of shooting left when news broke of Allen's real-life infidelity* and he has a camera literally stare him in…
Among the most bitter of comedies that I've seen. And it's hard not to feel surreal watching art-imitate-life in 1992.
But assessed on its own, this represents Allen at his comedic and dramatic best.
Funny comedy with great dialogue. An analysis into the mind of two couples in different spaces within their relationships. Addresses issues such as the need for validation,security in a relationship and the ability or inability to love someone for who they are rather than how they makes us feel. Woody Allen is gem.
Woody Allen en Vinterberg , heb 2 meesters plots.
There's a weird, gloomy air that clings to the Allen/Farrow films. The marriage wasn't going to last, of course. We know that now. But the films seem to know that too.
অনেকদিন সিনেমা নিয়ে কিছু লিখি না। ভাবছিলাম, সিনেমা দেখছি, কিন্তু লিখতে ইচ্ছা করে না কেন? আর যেহেতু লিখতে বাধ্য নই, সুতরাং, এই লিখতে ইচ্ছা না করলে না লিখাটা আমি খুব উপভোগ করি। কিন্তু, একজন লোক আমার মাথা খাচ্ছে! তাঁর ছবি দেখলেই আমার ছাইপাশ লিখতে ইচ্ছা করে। মনে হয়, কিছু মানুষকে জানাই তাঁর সিনেমাটি সম্পর্কে যাতে তারাও আমার মতো তাঁকে ভালবাসতে শুরু করেন। যারা এখনো উডি অ্যালেনে মজেন নি, তারাও যাতে একটু নাড়াচাড়া করা শুরু করেন তাঁর ছবি নিয়ে। আমি জানি না, বুড়ি হয়ে গেলাম কিনা, কিন্তু এই কয়েকদিন অস্কারের কিছু ছবি দেখে আমার মনে হচ্ছিল কি জানি নাই নাই! এজন্য আজকে অনেকদিন পর, প্রায় একমাস পর দেখব দেখব করে শেষমেশ Husbands and Wives দেখলাম।
Husbands and wives এর গল্প husbands…
It may be hard to take Allen's musings on love and marriage seriously in this day and age, but his self-awareness and deprecating wit are heavily on display, which makes it go down a little easier. All things considered, it's among the top tier of his Bergman-esque dramas for being insightful, biting and plainly charming.
Biggest cringe: Jack literally dragging Sam, his young, naive girlfriend from his sophisticated friends' party as she screams. Yikes. And then when she walks in on Jack and Sally arguing in their old house, having been left in the car the whole time? It's just a perfect example of Allen's skill at blending the hilarious and the awful.
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