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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.
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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.
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.
A film that manages to be both very smart and incredibly silly, Love and Death acts as an obvious bridge between the slapstick antics of Sleeper and the intellectual self-reflexivity of Annie Hall.
To paraphrase various job adverts I've seen recently, a vague knowledge of Russian literature would be beneficial but not essential, as it refers to the likes of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Pushkin, and if you're familiar with their work then you'll smile at some of the references. Even if not, the gag ratio is very high, and for every pun that fell flat there was another one along within a few seconds to make me giggle.
Diane Keaton is excellent, and is given more to do here than…
Woody's consistently improving comedic efforts culminate into a fine wine in LOVE AND DEATH; rich and sweet with intellectual humour that is still accessible, managed by an almost perfect blend between historic parody and pop culture references--it's funny in both a "ha-ha" way as well as "hey, that was clever". The direction, style, and pace are all on point. I still think ANNIE HALL is funnier than anything else Allen has made but in his early Bob Hope/Marx Brothers period, it really doesn't get better than this. You were right Schoales!
I think this may be my favorite Woody Allen movie.
It's loaded with film references, from the Marx brothers to Bergman to Monty Python. It's hysterical historical caper brimming with wonderful one liners and observations and arguments - the philosophical argument between Keaton and Allen near the beginning had me bawling with laughter.
It's completely goofy and ridiculous and I just love Woody Allen's views on life and death and religion: "If there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. I think that the worst thing you could say about him is that he's an underachiever."
As Allen would put it, this is one of his "early funny ones."
A satire on Russian literature and cinema using American slapstick. Funny stuff even if Diane Keaton is god awful as always. At least she's dressed in appropriate garb as opposed to "reds" where she's in her awful normal clothes.
There needs to be more historical comedies. I'll take what I can get here. An extra point for having my secret love Jessica Harper even if its only for 3 minutes.
Película de transición entre la primera etapa de comedias absurdas de Woody Allen y la segunda, en la que a raíz de Annie Hall (1977) se convirtió en un “autor” de prestigio.
Planteada como una comedia delirante, La última noche de Boris Grushenko encierra “gags” –tanto verbales como visuales- francamente conseguidos, con un ojo siempre puesto en referencias culturales de cierto nivel.
Un filme divertido y en cierta manera fundamental para entender la evolución de la trayectoria de este cineasta.
In the last few years, I've been moving through Allen's filmography and I've seen a fair amount of his films now. But this is the first of his, "early funny ones" I've seen. Gotta say, I thought this was pretty awesome. The film is a satire of Russian literature, which I'm personally not very familiar with, but the jokes still really come through. There's some really funny dialogue here as well as bits of great physical comedy. Allen is doing his usual thing, but Diane Keaton gives a performance unique from other work I've seen from her. Not every joke works, but for the most part this is a hilarious movie which I really enjoyed.
Yeah it plays around with history and the leads don't even bother with a Russian accent, but it's really really funny.
Allen is actually just right here, and Meat in is at her best. A lot of the supporting cast are fun as well, I especially loved the busty woman that has an affair with Allen.
The war scenes are well shot, loved the cheerleading bit and all the stuff with Death is fun too.
I didn't think I could enjoy an Allen film like this.
One of Allen's most underrated films, and I'm not really sure why.
It's a great blend of the two sides of the Woody Allen coin, you've got the heady intellectualism and philosophical side, with the quick, witty banter and hilarious sight gags.
The plot is a little haphazard and seems like a series of short connected sketches rather than a flowing narrative. The themes and ideas run through out, though, keeping it consistent in tone.
This is a truly great film because if you want to take it seriously, you can. You can gain some insight, but you can also just put it on and laugh 'til your heart's content.
This could be my most favourite of all Woody's films. I absolutely love this film. It never gets old and it remains as funny as the first time I saw it (and I've seen it a lot).
This is also the first film where Woody's skill as a serious filmmaker can be seen. It may not be a serious film but it looks and feels more like Woody's films that would come after this one and a lot less like the slapstick absurdist films that came before it.
It's magical filmmaking at it's finest.
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