Tuesday 2 January 2007

Love and Death (1975) - ickleReview (video)

Woody Allen's comic epic about fighting in the Russian army against Napoleon. Allen plays the cowardly soldier, one of three brothers, who is in love with his cousin (Diane Keaton). Their philosophical debates about objectivity, subjectivity and epistemology are good craic. This is a bit like Take the Money and Run (1969) in the sense of its ranging, episodic plot, but it has more coherence.

Nugget: amusing rip on costume dramas, war films and serious Soviet cinema, but Allen and Keaton are still the focus. It was not until the late 1970s that Allen started using a stronger supporting cast.

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