The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
I've watched a few Woody Allen films recently that I completely hated, so perhaps my bar was set pretty low, but I enjoyed this movie. The Juliette Lewis thing was pretty creepy, especially considering what we know about the real-life Woody Allen. I am trying to separate what I think of him as a person from the art, but sometimes he makes it difficult.
One of the last of Woody Allen's most highly regarded movies, and I think it's one of my favorites. Husbands and Wives looks at how relationships fizzle out, disappear, and rekindle, and how the relationships outside of marriage influence us more than we realize.
In most Woody Allen movies circa 1980-2000, there's this struggle between genius and hilarious moments along with a bunch of rich, white, narcissistic New Yorkers whining about their problems. I was definitely struggling with that watching Husbands and Wives, but I got this feeling that Woody was trying to let us know he realizes that and that he's partially making this movie to point out the hypocrisy in what's happening.
Reason number 1 is the camera…
Allen's second take on the faux documentary after his wonderful Zelig, although stylistically it has more in common with the later TV series The Office. Allen keeps returning to the theme of relationships, but somehow always manages to keep it fresh.
Allen's run in the seventies is unparalleled and I love those movies but I think the quality decreases a little across the decades so that's what this makes one so surprising. His camera work is really voyeuristic in this one as it is all handheld and it really helps us seems like we're just looking through a glass into these peoples lives.
Also I think Allen is very much making fun of the white upper-middle class and it's really funny, it seems like everyone is always on the way to the Opera. Anyway this is good and you should watch it
Woody Allen still in his 1980's experimental phase really creates arguably his last greatest family drama this time from the perspective as the title suggests from husbands and wives. The main trio along with Allen give truly great performances and Allen knows so well how to craft great features and this is one of those
If Hannah and Her Sisters is Woody Allen's Fanny and Alexander, then this is his Scenes from a Marriage. It's funnier than Scenes from a Marriage, of course, but just as real and in some ways just as dark.
I saw this movie at a rep theatre just after it came out. It played on a double bill with RESERVOIR DOGS. My nephew and I were the only two people to stay for both movies. I must say that it was a very memorable double bill, so many smart characters talking and talking! Good times.
When I was much younger and pretentious and just discovering Woody Allen movies, I thought the world of elite intellectuals in which his movies are so often set looked appealing and exciting, and I liked to think of myself as belonging to it some day. Now that I'm much older and have more life experience under my belt, I watch a movie like "Husbands and Wives" and thank God that I don't know any people like the characters in it.
"Husbands and Wives" is a very accomplished film, but it came awfully close at times to making me utterly frustrated. It's about a bunch of privileged intellectuals with far too much time on their hands, which they spend dithering about…
Back in shape after Shadows and Fog. This is one of Woody's least restrained films. He's all out on every style that he feels like, going full-on documentary for long stretches of this film. Not really in the funny camp of Woody for me, but a well-acted, well-written film.
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