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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.
Mia Farrow: Do you ever hide things from me?
Woody Allen: No.
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.
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.
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…
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A wonderful introspection about marriages and relationships, providing an ironic twist by the end of the movie. Allen's adoration/fascination with women much younger than him continues to be a bothersome subject, but a worthy self-critique comes up in a taxicab scene. The performances are superb, particularly from Judy Davis and Sydney Pollack. Also great: the camerawork, floating and following the people like a documentary; the editing, jagged but insightful. Too bad I didn't like the interview style of those narrations. A-
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Husband and Wives attempts to navigate the tricky territory surrounding two married couples in their middle ages, one of which has suddenly announced their separation. Farrow's Judy takes the Allen role here; she is almost offended at this sudden change in their within their comfort, projecting hard and yet unable to accept that this is an outcome that she wants for herself. Allen's camera departs from its usual fare, the serenity in the stillness, the roving, unbroken long takes that let the performances and script shine. It whips backs and forth with the jerkiness and blurred vision of an intruder of this intimate moment, as unbelieving as Judy herself, shocked by the revelation. The dialogue does not pause for a…
5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films:
- Woody Allen
- Husbands and Wives
A typical Allen film, but there is a small twist to it, it's shot like a documentary. Other than that, all of Allen's usual trademarks are shown in the movie. Like his witty and hilarious script, the perfect balance between comedy and drama, traditional themes such as marriage and love, the familiar cast and great acting.
"See, I will always have this penchant for what I call kamikaze women. I call them kamikazes because they, you know they crash their plane, they're self-destructive. But they crash into you, and you die along with them."
Labeling Husbands and Wives a comedy would only make sense if one is humored by couples cheating on each other and showing no respect for the sanctity of marriage.
When Woody Allen isn't questioning God's existence because of the problem of evil, he is revealing that sex is basis for any romantic relationship. Once the animal attraction begins to wane, it's time to look elsewhere for companionship.
My biggest problem is my inability to relate to the characters who are so selfish and narcissistic. I don't converse with my spouse in the same ways as these couples, and I don't have any friends who do that either.
"You use sex to express every emotion except love".
Hello my new favourite Woody Allen movie.
A story about two narcissistic over educated people who plan to divorce leaving a wake of doubt that bowls over there best friends causing them to second guess there own commitment. A secret, from most of the world, society that live fulfilled lives because they are well read and have a nose for fermented grapes.
"Can I go? Is this over?"
This is one of the more mature Allen films I've seen. The approach to the subject matter is honest. The exploration real. It's such a kinetic experience - handheld camera, jump cuts - and yet Woody is in control of our eye the entire time. Controlled chaos. There is no stage, as we see in many of his other films. No, this is a battlefield that these characters traverse as they try to understand the concept of their current realities. Whether they've put themselves into that place actively or otherwise. It's messy. Decisions are made. They're rarely the best option, but that's great drama. And yet, via the evolution of these characters, everything feels…
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