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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie of modern life, June 9 2012
This review is from: Crimes and Misdemeanors (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)
When i was young i recall watching the great movies of neil simon on tv, brighton beach memoirs and biloxi blues,and those films of his one time wife marsha mason,and his big break in hollywood,when his play come blow your horn was produced. A playwright making films,something very few playwrights have the luxury of doing,and in fact making an impact i hope on writing in movies and the different types of films he produced. Here in crimes and misdemeanors we have a different type of filmmaker,woody allen,whoose films always had lower budgets than typical productions and he always had a staple of decent american actors who often worked they said to be in one of his films,that was their reason for making his films,since they took a big cut in salary. The movie begins with a religious doctor saying a speech in which being raised on the tanach,the understanding of jews and their god,although their teachings go much beyond that,he became a scientist and he always struggled with the tension within himself,but the movie shows he wants a moral order to make sense of life,the world and human minds are lost he's convinced without a god,as the film shows not just fantasies,fantasies could be moral and good,but bad fantasies which actually harm everyone. We have an affair,a man whoose mind leads him astray, a doctor who cant check himself,and rather than resolving the situation in a humane way,decides to dispose of her and has her murdered. He later feeling bad about the matter,he develops a sense of religiousness or conscience,decides to inform police who havent apprehended anyone,but the killer tells the doctor a lesson...think before you act,about affairs,and murders,and everything...since your a doctor you cant act on whims,a doctor whoose fantasies are realized in whims of actions,and seems disturbed his world has gone to pieces...there is also woody's character of the director being preyed on by hollywood...but he too wants a moral world,to display reality,and not those products with sappy and happy endings,filling your heads with fantasies,but products emphasizing reality...also much scenes of people smoking cigarettes,like the doctor,addicted personalies who on whims act out their inner
worlds and are frustrated when the real world smashes their fantasy life...the doctor laments'god is a luxury'(i actually recall the award winning theologian who postulated these kinds of views of moder life)...but god is actually a luxury which will reform our minds hopefully...since these very intelligent characters cant do it be reason..the end of the film discusses the nature of tragedy...a la shakespeare...and wealth and privelege...which can be a good thing in society unless we use it to indulge these characters...this kind of film requires much intellectual knowledge of divergent areas,and intuition,an imaginative discussion of ideas seen through the lives of people,but the people must come alive and be entertaining,be real,and this is achieved through the masterful work of comedy as evidenced here and everywhere in the film,..this film is also very well paced...the music fitting and different...and many touches throughout...a person who knows old hollywood and builds on it...of course an excerpt from old hollywood(and hardly any of her films are available in decent dvd format)of carole lombard who had great dialogue and mastery over a good place to start for any filmaker writing about modern times...
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