Review: Love and Death

Director: Woody Allen
Year: 1975
Score: 9/10

Brilliant Woody Allen film, my favourite (along with Manhattan) of those I’ve now seen. The thing that surprised me most was just how funny it was – there’s a joke or two in almost every line. In fact, of the 365 movies I saw in 2013, this would be close to the top in terms of how hard it made me laugh. I confess I didn’t get all of the references/jokes/homages to Russian literature or European cinema, but for the most part I could at least tell that a reference was being made. Beyond the jokes themselves, I loved the central anachronism, the constant mocking of philosophical rhetoric and argument, the performances by Allen and especially Diane Keaton (who is hilarious), and the wonderful sense of ridiculousness and fun throughout.

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