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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…
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.
"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down."- Sonja
Woody Allen has quickly become one of my favorite directors. He just has so many great ideas for movies. Love and Death is no different, it has an original story and the execution is fantastic. I expected to like this one, but…
An historical satire with one of the most amazing and funnier dialogues in a comedy ever. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are fantastic! Their scenes together are so funny.
Love and Death is a great comedy and it's a shame that I only have heard about it just a while ago. I really enjoyed.
"He wanted you to have his mustache."
I can't remember the last time I laughed this much during a movie.
roher Woody Allen, unerschöpfliche Ideen, die sich nicht immer perfekt zusammenfügen, aber durch schiere Masse (und eine angenehme fehlende Selbstzensur, da werden keine Ideen für zu doof, zu platt empfunden um sie beizubehalten, in diesem Sinne radikal und mutig, wie das heute bei Woody Allen leider nicht mehr ist, ein perfekter Moment wiegt alle schlechten auf, heute ist alles so mittelmäßig) insgesamt überwältigen, den Titel nicht vermessen klingen lassen, Liebe und Tod, fan
Thumbs Up: Great mix of stupid hilarious gags from his early years and the comedic take on deeper themes of his later work, Allen and Keaton in their prime, love the Prokofiev, fun parodies of heavy art (Russian literature and Bergman), well shot, Napoleon arguing over the amount of cream in a Napoleon.
Thumbs Down: A few of the gags miss (especially in the later half), some of the directing/editing is clunky and some of Keaton's lines are delivered with the camera to the back of her head.
Gotta love Woody Allen. Some brilliant dialogues in this film.
Remarkable silliness. Allen mocks the Russian Novel and leaves no one unscathed, not even himself. He plays the same kind of Woody Allen character he plays in so many of his films, just this time amidst Russian Christians during the Napoleonic Wars. Glasses included. The pacifist's struggle in times of war, and a woman's struggle in a merry-go-round chaos of marriage, isn't the films strongest idea. It's always a fine line between stupid and hilariously stupid, be it the intellectual debates, romantic banter or low-brow puns (the letters!). But even the silliness is drenched in intellectual poise and references.
The first half was fine enough but not particularly great. Basically everything coming after the couple's decision to kill Napoleon, however,…
It tgook me few films but after this one I finally understand allens cuelt status.
Its intellectual but not pretntious
dealling with ultimate questions but never taking it serious
its smart, funny, ironic
Film 83 of "The December Challenge 3"
85 minutes (7155 total)
1st time watch
I figured this would be a good opportunity to watch a bunch of the older Woody Allen films that I haven;'t seen. It works out well since there are a bunch of them that were leaving Netflix streaming on January 1st. This one is regarded pretty well through the reviews here, and Lily Schmidt had mentioned it was one of the better ones as well, and since she's such a big Allen fan I'll trust her.
I sure as hell didn't expect this to be a period comedy. If you can call it that. It was pretty damn funny though, in fact I would say it's…
Delightful. Inspired by the best.
Film #59 of The December Challenge 2014...and I've bascially given up on this 100-film thing at this point! I'll try and finish the sub-challenges though!
Ah! Love and Death! Here is where Allen hits his stride as both writer, director, and actor. We see here the most intelligent film Allen had made up 'til this point, even though it was filled to the brim with early Allen-style gags, it shares more in common with Annie Hall than it does with Bananas. It's a very mature, incredibly enjoyable film, with monologues that stand up to Allen's funniest.
P.S. Diane Keaton
Ingmar Bergman FTW
December criterea met:
Woody Allen (5 of 10)
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