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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.
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.
19th-Century Russia , done with modern comedy and sex jokes
Satire on Literature and philosophy
references to other movies
Questioning Important stuff like love & death in a hilarious way
A gem that has aged well .
Haven't seen all of Allen movies but this is probably his craziest and most underrated film . One just does not surpass something like this easily .
Russian young man tries no matter what in order NOT to be involved in the Napoleonic wars. Woody Allen's best blend of humour and cultural namedropping pokes fun at Eisenstein, Tolstoi and Bergman while revealing the funny bone in Sergei Prokofiev's music. Cinematically uneven but almost infallibly hilarious.
Probably the most comedic movie I have seen so far of Woody Allen's, and it mostly works. There is every type of comedy in this movie from physical, slapstick, visual comedy, Woody's neurotic schtick, and even some black comedy mixed in. Woody really is perfect in it, as he delivers most of the funniest lines. Slapstick is not really my thing, and there is a LOT of jokes in this film, and some do not work. Luckily though, the comedy hits most of the time and I see how some people described earlier Woody Allen films as ridiculous comedies (which I agree this is but to not see it as a negative at all). This has made me very interested in seeing more earlier Woody Allen films and hope to get to them soon.
Somehow, a four-decade-old, Marx Brothers-style satire of Russian literature remains funnier, wittier, and smarter than most modern comedies.
It's the bridge between his "early funny ones" and his more thoughtful, and i'd say more fully-realized works, and so it's still slapstick, but certainly his first real stab and existentialism. The shame is that its message is sort of messy. What exactly was Allen trying to say with this one? I can't quite tell. He even has an ending monologue, which suggests several things that aren't a particular coherent thought.
That said, the gags are funny, the cinematography and production design are awesome, and Diane Keaton is the perfect counterpart for Woody, as we see in later films, too.
Lots of good qualities, but one particularly problematic bad one. Allen perfects his technique on Annie Hall, we all know this, but this is a fair enough stepping stone.
nothing like hot cockles!
One of the few Woody Allen films to fully reconcile his sardonic wit with his overriding desire to be seen as a smart, serious person, actively mocking his own literary pretensions before they took over his films.
Russians talking profoundly about sex, war, marriage and death. Well, as the title suggests, in one way or another. All in the style of the wonderfully weird humour of Woody Allen.
I really, really need to see more of his earlier stuff.
Woody Allen sets out to parody 19th century Russian literature in his fifth film, Love and Death, which tells the story of Boris (Woody Allen), who is in love with Sonja (Diane Keaton), his cousin twice removed, who is in love with Ivan, his brother, who is not in love with her, which forces Sonja to instead marry a herring merchant. Along the way, characters engage in “serious” philosophical debates, which, along with Allen’s more effective use of the camera, make for a much funnier picture.
For all of Boris’ life, he has wondered if there is indeed a life after death. “Is there a god?” He frequently asks himself. One day in his childhood, he meets the…
Wheat. So much wheat. Wheat blowing in the wind. In Love and Death , Woody Allen philosophies on such vital subjects such as love, death and wheat. Woody likes wheat. Diane likes wheat. Jessica Harper likes wheat. Napoleon doesn't share his opinion on it, but he's in this.
Is wheat the new salad?
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