Homage to Ingmar Bergman in this family drama involving a fashionable Long Island interior designer who tries to impose her overbearing Read More »
Tag Archives: Woody Allen
Somewhere behind the early 1960s Cold War iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. Read More »
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) Woody Allen, David Ackroyd, Wil Albert, Short, Comedy
This mockumentary follows the fictional career of Harvey Wallinger, ostensible chief aide and adviser to Richard Nixon Read More »
Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Read More »
Having recently turned fifty, Marion feels that she has led a so far blessed life. The well-respected Dean of Philosophy at a women’s college, she is currently on sabbatical to write her latest book. Read More »
Miles, a nebbishy clarinet player who also runs a health food store in NYC’s Greenwich Village, is cryogenically frozen, and brought back – 200 years in the future Read More »
This somber drama presents the events of the course of one weekend at a Vermont country house. Read More »
Picking Up the Pieces (2000) Alfonso Arau, Woody Allen, David Schwimmer, Angélica Aragón, Comedy, Fantasy
Woody Allen plays Tex, a kosher butcher. Sharon Stone plays his unfaithful wife Candy. Tex catches Candy in the act and in a fit of rage he kills her. Read More »
Renowned filmmaker Sandy Bates is in a professional transition, directing largely comedies early in his career now wanting to direct more serious movies so that he can explore the meaning of life, most specifically his own. Most are fighting him all along the way, including the movie going public, who continually tell him that they love his movies especially the earlier funny ones, to studio executives who are trying to insert comic elements wherever possible into his current movie in production.
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One of Woody Allen’s earlier, more slapstick-oriented efforts, Bananas tells the story of Fielding Mellish (Allen), a neurotic New Yorker who follows the object of his affections, Nancy (Louise Lasser), to the fictional Central American country of San Marcos, where she is involved in a revolution. Nancy wants nothing to do with Fielding, but he soon becomes a guest of the country’s dictator (Carlos Montalban), before accidentally becoming the leader of San Marcos himself. Fielding is eventually shipped back to the US and tried as a subversive, but being that this is a comedy, and an especially light one at that, everything works out in the end. A far cry from Allen’s later, more somber films, Bananas still works as an often hilarious amalgam of sight gags, one-liners, and bizarre asides.
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