Love and Death 1975

Love and Death

Critics Consensus

Woody Allen plunks his neurotic persona into a Tolstoy pastiche and yields one of his funniest films, brimming with slapstick ingenuity and a literary inquiry into subjects as momentous as Love and Death.

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In Woody Allen's comic take on 19th-century Russian philosophical novels and the Soviet-era epic films made from them, Boris (Woody Allen) is a simple Russian villager who pines from afar for his beautiful cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton). Forced against his will into joining the Russian army during the Napoleonic Wars, the cowardly Boris accidentally becomes a military hero. But when his beloved Sonja comes to him with a dangerous patriotic scheme, Boris debates his desires and beliefs.

Cast & Crew

Georges Adet
Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu
Drill Sergeant
Edmund Ardisson
Priest
Lloyd Battista
Don Francisco
Jack Berard
General Lecoq
Woody Allen
Screenwriter
Martin Poll
Executive Producer
Ghislain Cloquet
Cinematographer
Ron Kalish
Film Editor
Willy Holt
Art Director
Gladys De Segonzac
Costume Designer
Miriam Brickman
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Critic Reviews for Love and Death

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Audience Reviews for Love and Death

  • Jul 25, 2012
    Woody Allen is a true master of comedy. His dialogue, his timing, his delivery -- all are near-perfect. "Love and Death" represents one of his finer efforts. Plain and simple, it's quality filmmaking. You can tell that everyone involved is having fun with what they're doing. And even though its humor is smarter than most other films, most people will be able to find their footing. "Love and Death" is intelligent, well-directed and immensely quotable, and if you don't find yourself laughing at least once during its entirety, then you might not have a sense of humor.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2012
    Absurdly brilliant! LOVE AND DEATH, is an extremely dark comedy from the manic mind of Woody Allen. I have to say that the ending to this movie, is one of my all-time favorites.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2011
    Watch this movie just for Diane Keaton. I noticed a couple of parallels to Annie Hall, which of course came after this and was a big improvement. Pretty funny stuff, but not as philosophically engaging as some of his later films.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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