Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

DVD - 2005
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Weaving together several different stories about people's lives, loves, perceptions, and ideals, this examines some of the toughest questions surrounding human nature.

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gail_ann
Nov 26, 2018

Found this a very troubling and disturbing movie. The character portrayed by Martin Landau represents much of what is wrong with the world today -- he ignores the higher road of honesty, truth and accepting of responsibility for trying to cover all his wrong choices and simply move on in denial. This theme is reiterated in the parallel story of the marriage of Woody Allen. He was seeking an affair and so was his wife. The voice of morality is expressed by Martin Landau's brother who is a rabbi. His comments contrast so starkly with the beliefs and choices that are expressed by almost everyone else that they seem almost out of place. He speaks wisdom and humanity to people who seem to have lost complete touch with these qualities. As a result his character seems more of a caricature. What was the message Woody Allen was intending to send with this movie? That it's okay to ignore what humanity has determined to be the higher, moral path for the path of simple self-preservation -- no matter what? Or was it meant as a warning? As with most of Woody Allen's movies he's describing life and its meaning as he observes it. He provides no answers that uplift but leaves instead a quite bleak comment human existence. I didn't find very much to enjoy in this movie -- and I have often found much enjoyment in Allen's movies. It was well-acted and powerful but not in the least enjoyable. A very black view of our society.

BookReviewer2015 Jul 25, 2017

An interesting film! Comedy in its original definition.

any literary composition dealing with a theme suitable for comedy, or employing the methods of comedy.

An interesting series of dilemmas permeate this morality tale.

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PHAERTE1
Apr 08, 2017

This movie is one of the pinnacles in Woody Allen's career. It deals with several troubling subjects. However, the classy re-working of it, Match Point, has less filler, is infinitely superior, less philosophical, and far more refined and subtle - in fact it is the best movie I've seen in my life.

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jeffi22
Mar 11, 2015

Decent drama, definitely not as light-hearted as other Allen movies.

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biffblack
Jun 21, 2014

The Landau-Huston half of the film works very well; comic relief half with Woody, Alda, and Mia is a disaster. Sharp cameo by Claire Bloom as The Super-Rich Wife.

Sunnchilde Sep 18, 2011

This is my favorite Allen film. It has plenty of comedic and ironical dialog, an Allen trademark, however it is a very serious film. Acting powerhouse Martin Landau gives what became an Oscar winning performance for this role. My favorite part of the story, and I think the pivotal part of the story, was when he goes back and sees her dead body. All of a sudden this is real to him. Not some academic theoretical game, but real flesh and blood and HE'S responsible. The thing that sticks out to me is, what I would say is "What did you think it was going to look like"? This is 'A' quality work to be sure.

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