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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2000
Runtime:
United Artists

Cast


as Old Nehamkin

as Drill Sergeant

as Don Francisco

as Gen. Lecoq

as Woman in Hygiene Cla...

as Uncle Sasha

as Servant

as Old Nehamken

as Dimitri

as Sergei Minskov

as Ivan Grushenko

as Grandmother

as Uncle Nikolai

as Leonid Voskovec

as Countess Alexandrovn...

as Cheerleader

as Uncle Sasha

as Natasha Petrovna

as Soldier #2

as Vladimir Maximovitch

as Krapotkin

as Father Andre

as Young Boris

as Raskov

as Spanish Countess

as Soldier #4

as Soldier

as Father Nikolai

as Sergeant

as Napoleon

as Mme. Wolfe

as Gen. Leveque

as Suskin

as Joseph
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Critic Reviews for Love and Death

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Love and Death is an almost total treat.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"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."

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The picture is packed front to back with many more cheery bon mots -- to say nothing of rollicking slapstick sequences, spoofy film homages and other modes of merriment guaranteed to keep viewers in perpetual guffaw.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

Thus early Woody Allen film is quite a funny, often even poignant satire of Russian literature and Russian mores.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Woody Allen meets Dostoyevsky, and the two compare misanthropic views

Full Review… | February 14, 2010
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Love and Death

Let's start here: I have only a passing familiarity with the great Russian novelists, and I've never read War and Peace. However, in much the same way as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you can enjoy the sheer silliness of the period spoof without being a medieval scholar - and if you have the specialized knowledge, you'll find it even funnier... a possibility that blows my mind, because I'm not exactly sure how this film _could_ be any funnier. Every line of dialogue is a punchline, and by cross-pollinating his stand-up and a satirical historical film, Allen has written the most hilarious script of his career. Throw in a classic performance from Diane Keaton - her chemistry with Allen is magnificent, again - and I knew before I even reached the end: this is my favourite piece by this director. Vintage Woody, and timeless; a must-see.

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Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Possibly my new favorite Allen film. Filled with his signature blend of philoso-comedy, Allen pays tribute to Bergman and Dostoevsky in only the way he can. Full of amazing screwball dialog to boot.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

In this early Allen effort his love for the Marx Bros. (particularly Groucho) is worn on his sleeve and the picture is very reminiscent of Mel Brooks' own Twelve Chairs. Throw in a couple of 70's style psuedo-intellectual "conversations" ("I'm overwhelming you with my superiorocity!") and you have a fun, silly, younger Allen, not so impressed with himself yet, easier to relate to. He never finds anyone as good as he to play himself, we know, and his infatuation w/Keaton allows her Dumont-like status beside him.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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