Sunday, September 21, 2014

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Director: Woody Allen. Cast: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, Daryl Hannah. 104 min. Rated PG-13. Drama/Comedy.

Now that I look back and watch a Woody Allen movie made 25 years ago, I'm able to assess where it stands in his overall career. Obviously inspired by "Crime and Punishment", here the director shows the tragic and comedic sides of "infidelity" (via the Landau/Huston and Allen/Farrow relationships, respectively), and presents a lighter and slower-paced version of a plot he later perfected in the much darker Match Point. Still, Crimes and Misdemeanors is more thought-provoking than his usual comedies, with a significantly less number of funny one-liners. Landau's ruminations and guilty conscience will bother you for awhile.

"If necessary, I will always choose God over truth."

PS: Beautiful job here by Roger Ebert.

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