This is pretty frustrating.
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.
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.
"Pepkin married and led a warm, domestic life. Placid, but dull. Knapp was a swinger. He eschewed nuptial ties and bedded different women.: Nurses, housewives, students, a doctor, a salesgirl.... They all held Knapp between their legs.
Pepkin, from the calm of his fidelity, envied Knapp. Knapp, lonely beyond belief, envied Pepkin.
What happened after the honeymoon? Did desire grow or did familiarity make partners want other lovers? Was the notion of ever-deepening romance a myth along with simultaneous orgasm? The only time Rifkin and his wife experienced one was when they were granted their divorce.
Maybe in the end, the idea was not to expect too much out of life."
Carlo Di Palma's cinematography is more exciting,relevant and wise instead of being just plain beautiful or so called overwhelmingly nice-looking. If something holds the core of this involving piece of film, directed by Woody Allen, is its cinematography. How the camera moves and how rapidly the inter cuts sweep in are sure to make any cinephile nostalgic about the Nouvelle Vague.
Allen's writing is a gift to the history and art of Cinema. How cynically yet honestly he spring from one psychological dilemma to another socioeconomic subtext is perplexing and awe inspiring. His dialogue hits hard on the nerves and cracks the delicate doors of our hearts. As a director,he collaborated with a broad range of actors or actresses but…
A talkie with uninteresting characters but there is a strong female cast who do their best with the material that's on offer.
It's familiar territory, but it's done nearly perfectly here. An honest look at the way marriages change over time. The documentary style adds a lot to this. What I love about Allen's movies is the way they make me think about myself. He has a way of articulating the things that go through my mind all the time. I don't need a psychoanalyst when I have Woody Allen.
Muy muy real, a la par que triste, pero no triste llorar si no "buah la vida es una mierda".
I don't think the format Woody used was completely necessary. The story lines and the characters are interesting and compelling, but there is to much shaky cam in some of the shots. It seems like it didn't know what it wanted to be. Either a mockunentaty or a simple Woody flick.
Woody Allen turns the creepy up a notch in this painfully autobiographical film about failed marriages and courting a 20-year old. It's a well-known fact that Farrow learned about Allen's affair near the end of shooting and had to be begged to come back to finish it. The breakup scene between Judy and Gabe was even filmed after the real life separation occured and you can feel all the hatred and tension. The fact that Allen opted for a documentary style, with jump cuts, handheld camera and even interviews with the characters, makes everything feel even more raw and genuine. Pollack and Davis did an amazing job and even though it's hard not to feel contempt towards Allen it remains one of his best acting performances.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
posters made up of separate shots of four clearly paired off white people lest the world somehow forget heterosexuality exists
yes I know the title could be punchier