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Love And Death (1975)

Original Title : Love and Death
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Mildred Cram
Donald Ogden Stewart
Genre : Comedy
War
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Fred T. Gallo , Charles H. Joffe , Martin Poll
Music : Sergei Prokofiev
Photography : Ghislain Cloquet
IMDB ID : 0073312
Official site : http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=LOVEANDD
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poster for "Love And Death" by Woody Allen (1975)
Love And Death (1975) - Woody Allen
 

Starring

Woody Allen Boris Grushenko
Diane Keaton Sonja
Georges Adet Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu Drill sergeant
Edward Ardisson Priest
Féodor Atkine Mikhail Grushenko (as Feodor Atkine
Albert Augier Waiter
Yves Barsacq Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco
 

Plot

Woody Allen plays a Russian {Woody Allen Character} who is caught up in the Napoleonic invasion of his country. Much of the humor comes from the philosophic conversations that people break into in the midst of crisis situations. When Napoleon threatens to invade the Russian Empire, the coward Boris Grushenko (Woody Allen) is forced to enlist to save his country. He actually captures a group of enemy officers, but the French Army is too strong and soon Napoleon reaches Moscow. Boris thinks that this should put an end to the war, but his young wife (Diane Keaton) wants to murder Napoleon...
 

Comments

Woody at his historical, or should that be, hysterical best! For me Love &, Death and Sleeper were Allen's zenith for slapstick, one-liner comic-gag comedy. After the relatively immature but amusing Bananas &, Everything You always Wanted To Know About Sex, Allen goes up a notch in the intellectual comedy stakes to produce this fine send-up of Russian culture &, historical caricature. Even though some of the one-liner jokes don't always come off it doesn't matter because you never really get chance to think too much about how droll it is because Allen has another half dozen gags waiting in the wings. But I've often found that Allen works best when he has a foil for his anarchic humour: and thank the Lord he managed to find the wonderful talent of Ms Keaton. She may not be his intellectual equal but she can run him to ground in nearly everything else. She has a kind of naive charm in this movie, always daydreaming, never really listening to Allen's mutterings &, jabberings. And with this naivity brings warmth, humility and a general sense of well being. At the same time Allen can release all his pentup emotions, fears, neo-neurosis to Keaton knowing full well that she wouldn't have a single notion as to what he was on about. And thats what makes this partnership so durable whether it be here in Love &, Death, or Sleeper, Annie Hall or Manhattan Murder Mystery. The scripts may vary but they're held together by the spontaneity of the two stars. It should be said also that Love &, Death breaks new ground for Allen, because even though he still relies on the childish humour of his earlier films, it is also quite clear that he is more forthcoming with his angst against a problematic world. His philosophic nuances dominate a lot of the film, which he will put to more practical use in his latter films like Annie Hall &, Manhattan. But here he gets the mix between jokes &, existentualism just right. Love &, Death is quite literally a laugh a minute. Whatever people may say about his recent personal problems it cannot be denied that this guy is a pure talent and should be cherished for what he is - a man that makes the world a happier place, if only for a few hours! ****/*****
 
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