Monday, September 01, 2008

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen)

*****
USA



A documentary filmmaker woos an attractive producer, while an ophthalmologist tries to get rid of his mistress.

Two loosely interlinked stories, one relatively comic, one pointedly grim, and both doused in existentialist questioning and a stifled incredulousness at the outrageous and all-pervading injustice that haunts Woody Allen's worldview. Because it's more ambitious and unwieldy than anything Allen has delivered, responses seem to mostly fall in two categories: polite, dismissive fascination; shell-shocked 'masterpiece' claims. Me, I have no words.

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