Thursday, March 3, 2016

799. Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors
Directed by Woody Allen

Is this our last Woody Allen film on the List?  That's depressing.  Well, not more depressing than this movie.

Judah Rosenthal is a successful, beloved ophthalmologist with a great family.  So of course, he has an affair with Dolores, a flight attendant.  Dolores demands that Judah treat her and his wife like human beings (that bitch) and threatens to tell his wife.  Judah is absolutely desperate to shut Dolores up, by any means necessary.  Meanwhile, Clifford Stern (Woody Allen's character) is a documentary filmmaker who agrees to film a documentary on his pompous brother in law Lester.  Stern finds himself falling Lester's producer.  But we aren't as mad as him, because he's funny.

This is another movie that I adore; the eighties are really going out with a bang.  It is darker than any Allen film that has been on the List so far, but still manages to have a sense of humor.  There's really nothing to dislike in this film; great cast, great characters, great dialogue.  And hey, if you want a happy ending you should go see a Hollywood movie!

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Reportedly Woody Allen felt like had been "too nice" to the characters in Hannah and Her Sisters, so created this film as a response to those feelings.

Nora Ephron has a cameo as a wedding guest.

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