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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…
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…
Κλασική ταινία W.Allen με τους γνωστούς προβληματισμούς του (π.χ. στο Hannah and her sisters) πάνω στους ερωτικούς δεσμούς και το πώς αυτοί διαταράσσονται από την ανία, τις εμμονές, και τα ανικανοποίητα απωθημένα.
When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage.
I don't think I'll ever love Woody Allen, but this is pretty solid if not wonderful.
I think I have finally found it - my absolute personal favourite Woody Allen film. Oozing discomfort and Bergman-esque horror, "Husbands and wives" is a truly phenomenal study of human relationships that, while lacking in Allen's signature witty comedy, deconstructs the institution of marriage in a truly sublime way.
Husbands and Wives 1992 (7.6) Country: USA
This roughly marks the half-way point in Woody Allen’s career. So begins his first film with a new studio in over 10 years. And what a doozy. I’m sure Tri-Star figured they’d start Allen off on a two-picture deal, never anticipating what that first film would become and the drama surrounding it. I’ve been avoiding talking about the Woody and Mia marriage until now, but it is impossible to watch “Husbands and Wives” without thinking about the real-life drama it mirrored.
In the film, both Allen and his best friend (Sidney Pollack) have affairs with younger women, to varying degree. The film opens with Pollack and his wife (Judy Davis) announcing to Woody and Mia (their married best friends) they…
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