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Love and Death
Set in 19th-century Russia, Allen is a cowardly serf drafted into the Napoleonic war, who would rather write poetry and obsess over his beautiful but pretentious cousin. Allen's cowardice serves him well when he hides in a cannon and is shot into a tent of French soldiers, making him a national hero. A hilarious parody of Russian literature, Love and Death is a must-see for fans of Allen's films.
Smart, sophisticated, and goofy, Woody Allen's "Love and Death" is the kind of pleasing comedy that caters to everybody who aced Russian Lit. in college. Sending up 19th century Russian literature, Allen puts his personal spin on life in the time of the Napoleonic wars.
In epic, costume drama fashion, "Love and Death" skewers both love and death as presented by the great Russian novelists. There are battlefield skirmishes, duels, flirtatious ladies, and Allen's anachronistic-in-context commentary to hold it all together. Most importantly, there is the aforementioned love and death in great supply.
The film is colorful and expansive; it is executed on a much larger scale than Allen provides today. Still, the token Allen humor regarding sex, love, family,…
Performances : 6.5/10
Story : 8/10
Production : 7.5/10
Overall : 7.33/10
Extremely funny. What stood out the most to me was the delivery of most of Allen's lines. Very reminiscent of the Marx brothers, and it was glorious. Love and Death probably had the most laugh out loud scenes out of any of his films that I've seen in a while, unfortunately I just didn't love what the story was about. Honestly my high rating is mostly just for the yucks. Oh, and for the copious amounts of Ingmar Bergman references.
Long live Woody.
The December Challenge: Film 8
I have something of a love/hate relationship with the films of Woody Allen, by which I mean that I love the vast majority of them but hate the fact that I can never decide which is my favourite. The last time I watched Love and Death I made the following claim;
”It’s not the funniest of Allen’s films (as I said earlier, there are some moments of pure gold but there is certainly some dross that hasn’t quite passed the test of time) but in terms of its creativity and the clear dedication and devotion that Allen had for it, it’s a fantastic film to watch.”
This is where I have a real problem…
Not at all what I was expecting. The title implies something heavy and meditative. In actuality, there are endless laughs to be had along with its theories and contemplations (some rather earnest) on "love and death." BARRY LYNDON meets Mel Brooks? Bergman's take on a lowbrow sex comedy? A David Lean historical-epic fallen into the hands of Monty Python? During the Napoleonic wars in Tsarist Russia, Woody Allen plays a physically-feeble intellectual, Boris, who'd do anything to avoid getting enlisted in the Russian military, but is thrown into battle regardless, with surprising results. Yet, as the title suggests, this is only the beginning of poor Boris's ordeals. LOVE AND DEATH is, hands down, one of Allen's funniest, goofiest, most irreverent…
Woody Allen's hysterically funny satire of Russian literature and European cinema is one of his best comedies. Arguably containing the highest number of laugh-out loud gags as any film he has ever made, Love and Death sees Allen as cowardly pacifist Bruno, forced to enlist in the Russian army when Napoleon invades. Inadvertently becoming something of a war hero, the perennially randy Bruno convinces his saucy cousin Sonja (a brilliant Diane Keaton) to marry him, and she, in turn, persuades him to carry out her deviously conceived plot to assassinate the occupying French conqueror on a visit to Moscow. Whilst most overtly taking Tolstoy's War and Peace as its main inspiration, translated through the anachronistic filter of Allen's nebbish Manhattanite…
I was pleasantly surprised at how hilarious this was, something I was not expecting at all. Its slapstick style was complimented incredibly by the over-use of sarcasm, an attack of clichés, and Woody Allen's typical deconstruction of love (and I guess of death, too). A clever parody of Russian literature, its references are easy to pick up, and the dialogue, one of Allen's most genius qualities, is exceptionally brilliant. The third collaboration between Allen and Diane Keaton, and their pairing before Allen's breakthrough Annie Hall, their chemistry is spot on, and it is through their leads that this film is so easily yet thoroughly enjoyable.
By far the most pretentious Woody Allen film I've seen to date.
It's still funny and definitely smart, but when you decide to make a satire of Tolstoy people are going to call you pretentious. It's inevitable.
جدای از طنز دلچسب آلن که از موقعیت های بدیعش خلق میشه،موقعیت هایی که گاه شورش رو درمیاره و به حد افراط استفاده میکنه،سوالات جدی آلن پیرامون مرگ و زندگی واقعا برای من جذاب بود.اگر از اون پایانی تماما ادای دینی به برگمان هم بگذریم که مزخرف بود فیلم لذت بخشی بود.
Woody You Shameless Maestro!
I've never seen Allen this spoofy, this is like a Mel Brooks take on Doctor Zhivago. Diane Keaton is the most charming I've ever seen her, she seems to be doing an Audrey Hepburn thing thats really working for her. That Pedophila joke though damn Woody.
I'm a huge fan of Woody Allen movies, but his "early, funny films" − as he termed them in Stardust Memories − aren't really my thing. Pitching his familiar, bespectacled persona into some incongruous setting: the future (Sleeper), a South American revolution (Bananas) or Russian history (Love and Death) like an old Bob Hope or Marx Bros film, they're largely a barrage of gags, bereft of the warmth and deft introspection that typify that decade of classics he produced between Manhattan and Crimes and Misdemeanours.
Love and Death has its moments: a couple of inspired monologues to camera, some great one-liners ("Where did you go to finishing school, on a pirate ship?") and the inspired use of Prokofiev's music, but…
This is Allen's most focused effort on getting laughs.
5 Directors X 5 Unseen Films: Round Two
Director: Woody Allen
Director Count: #4 of 5
Challenge Count: #13 of 25
A hilarious send-up of Russian philosophy, with a sprinkle of slapstick, and a personal neurotic spin, as well as notable Bergman influences. Existential to the teeth and yet incredibly funny, there's a lot to love about this film, and nothing to hate. It's touching, it's hilarious, it's frightening, but most of all it's just great.
I really liked this one. The blu-ray looked great. He gets very Groucho Marx in this one. I liked thinking it felt like Barry Lyndon.
Way better than I expected it to be.
Jokes coming at you from all over the place, with something for everyone, whether it's Napoleon shouting at his soldiers for not getting the pastry recipe right or Allen and Keaton arguing about Russian literature.
It's almost got the rhythm of a Marx Brothers movie when it comes to the gags themselves, to the point that it's almost tiring.
That Chaplin style bottle gag is absolute gold.
This is the best I've seen of Woody Allen in his almost Mel Brooks mode. His delivery is on point, a huge high point, considering I've being watching him physically lose that energy with each film recently.
It's just takes itself a bit more seriously than something like Bananas, despite appearances, and it's a better film for it.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…