Love and Death (1975)

Love and Death (1975): 4/5

Love and Death is a classic Woody Allen film, though much less appreciated than some of his other films, such as Annie Hall (1977). It costars Diane Keaton and is a parody of all things Russian.

A hilarious dream sequence appears early in Love and Death (via alejalbum.blogspot.com)

This movie is pretty hilarious. From the opening scene, it brings the laughs and keeps them coming. Some of the humor is a bit over-the-top, but coming from Woody, it works.

Love and Death absolutely packed with memorable one-liners and crazy conversations. Particularly rib-cracking are the philosophical exchanges between Woody and Diane.

Woody’s character of Boris, as well as his performance as Boris are definitely the stand-out element here. He’s quirky and a little bit crazy. He’s far more intelligent and far less masculine/macho/athletic than his brothers and the other war-lovin’ men in his Russian town, which also makes him more interesting than those characters.

The moment that really endeared me to Boris — though his hilarity is frequent — was just when he and his fellow “warriors” were getting ready to leave town and fight… and Boris showed up with a glass-encased butterfly collection and insect net rather than a weapon. And that scene kind of tells you all you need to know about this film going in – it’s quirky, it’s funny and it showcases Woody Allen’s genius.

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