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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…
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…
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…
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.
This one didn't click with me. It had funny moments but otherwise I didn't care for this a whole lot. It's very similar to a Mel Brooks film with the slapstick and sight gags.
I'm not a huge fan of Woody Allen's humor and I kept thinking I'd seen this before but it was really just because it seemed so similar to his other films that they all run together for me. I get that he is very clever but it sort of leaves me cold.
A lot of jokes, many hit, some miss. Woody's neurotic behaviour and eccentricities got old pretty fast, but I enjoyed it a lot; partly for my bias towards Allen, partly for its unique style.
It's certainly smart and funny, but the delivery (especially by the main duo) is frequently pretty grating.
In Amore e guerra mi sembra che Allen scriva guidato da Talia, la sua comicità surreale ne fa un film divertente ma capace di grandi spunti.
woody allen is god
The whole Napoleon storyline doesn't really do it for me, but pretty much everything else does. This could very well be my favorite Woody Allen movie.
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Tolstoy may have War and Peace, but it pales in comparison to the sweeping gravitas of Allen's Love and Death, which tackles two even more universal issues which plague us all. In this film, Allen shows his remarkable talent at engaging with grander, more immediate themes that his earlier comedies but still have that magic touch which turns any situation into hilarity. The plot is a parody of the dense, high- minded Russian epics, in particular those of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Allen's neurotic, wimpy type is dropped right into the setting, Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, where all the young men are practically jumping out of their skin to serve their motherland, whilst Boris would rather sheepishly sneak away and…
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