Love and Death (1975)
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Woody Allen's Love and Death is purportedly a satire of all things Russian, from Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky novels to Sergei Eisenstein films, but it plays more like a spin on Bob Hope's Monsieur Beaucaire. Allen plays Boris, a 19th century Russian who falls in love with his distant (and married) cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton). Pressed into service with the Russian army during the war against Napoleon, Boris accidentally becomes a hero, then goes on to win a duel against a cuckolded husband
Jun 10, 1975 Limited
Jul 5, 2000
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"Love and Death" has been mapped out as a fully thought-through film. It's a lot more mature than the anything-goes style of earlier Allen movies like "Bananas."
Besides being one of Woody's most consistently witty films, "Love and Death" marks a couple of other advances for Mr. Allen as a film maker and for Miss Keaton as a wickedly funny comedienne.
Thus early Woody Allen film is quite a funny, often even poignant satire of Russian literature and Russian mores.
silly and likable
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- Boris: If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
- Countess Alexandrovna: You're the greatest lover I've ever had.
- Boris: I practice a lot when I'm alone.
- Boris: There are worse things in life than death. If you've ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman you know what I mean.
- Boris: The key here, I think, is not to think of death as an end. But to think of it more as a very effective way of cutting down on your expenses.
- Boris: Sex without love is an empty experience. But as empty experiences pass, it is one of the best.
- Sonia: To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down.
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