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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.
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…
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.
Much more like it for the Allen film that I enjoy. Biting commentary on relationships and how we may get tired of someone we love but it's only because we've built such a deep bond and know how to get on the others nerves. The ying and yang of the two couples is nicely done and there are some really dynamite performances throughout along with some funny asides from Allen that were missing from his more serious dramas. The documentary angle is a strange inclusion but that doesn't hinder the film too much since the hand held material puts you in the middle of fights that you are desperately trying to leave.
Woody Allen's Husbands And Wives stars Woody and Mia Farrow as one of a pair of couples whose marriages have hit the rocks. Woody and Mia become irreconcilably separated after Woody's character begins a relationship with a much younger woman, proving that life imitates art (or rather, according to the script: Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television and that seems about right.) The acrimonious breakup of Woody and Mia happened before the film was released.
There are some good performances Woody himself is excellent and brings at least a little badly needed humour to the film, although the acting plaudits have to go to the searing performance of Judy Davis. Although this film is often regarded as one of Woody's best it didn't particularly appeal to me, too cynical and negative with distracting, intrusive handheld camerawork.
Midlife Crisis: The Movie.
The intimacy of the way Husbands And Wives is shot isn't, unfortunately, backed up with much in the way of anything interesting in the narrative. Here is a film which cycles through every pitfall I have ever seen in movie marriages with the additional twist of characters that think they can go crawling back to their marriages at a moment's notice.
To be quite frank, I couldn't give a toss as to whether Husbands And Wives serves as additionally interesting when compared to what was going on in Woody Allen's private life then and, I guess to a certain extent, now. I've never been interested in his private life and I never will. So I guess…
I cry just thinking about this film
An expansive exploration of romance, marriage, and fidelity, completely devoid of any glamor, romance, or visual flair of any kind. It's shot purely handheld, neurotically and erratically, like a fly-on-the-wall documentary where the fly isn't content to just sit on the wall. It dances around, laughing at these marital troubles, but realizes it has some of it's own; like many viewers.
The story begins with news of a couple breaking up, and with it comes arrival new insecurities amongst Judy's and Gabe's marriage.
We get in the heads of the characters with little scenes of into-the-camera confessionals and testimonies, where we play the role of psychiatrist. This adds an analytical approach of breaking down relationships (that's Woody Allen, all right) into two banks on each side of a river. The river is a collection of whatever parasitic disagreements or troubles a marriage shares, and the two banks are the husbands and wives constantly shouting across that ferocious divide.
Perhaps I shouldn't have seen this so soon after the 'homaged' Bergman film/series, as Allen's didn't feel distinctive or original enough. And it certainly didn't make me laugh. Juliette Lewis and Liam Neeson both stand out though.
How this movie mirrors real life (“Love is weird - who knows? You could marry the person you least likely expect to! Like...a step-daughter for example….”) overshadowed any opinion I could have of the movie otherwise. It's not a poorly made film but it leaves a weird taste in your mouth. Juliette Lewis is great as Rain by the way. It's a shame people were put off by her idiosyncrasies and stopped casting her as much.
Gonna keep it short and sweet: terrific.
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