Crimes and Misdemeanors

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"It's about love and reality. Faith and delusion. Good and evil. Success and failure."
  • PG-13
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 7.8  (60,610)
  • 77

Crimes and Misdemeanors is a 1989 American black comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in New York City, the film follows two intersecting stories. The first story is about a successful ophthalmologist, Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau), who has just begun an affair with one of his patients, Dolores (Anjelica Huston) and is struggling with the prospect of leaving his wife and family. The second story follows documentary filmmaker Cliff Stern (Woody Allen), who is struggling with his unrequited love for his sister-in-law, who is also his best friend's wife, and is having difficulty finding funding for his latest film.

Both stories are intertwined with the theme of morality and the consequences of one's actions. As the film progresses, the characters face several moral dilemmas which shape their actions and ultimately lead to their destinies.

Judah is faced with a crisis when Dolores threatens to expose their affair to his wife, Miriam (Claire Bloom). Desperate to protect his reputation and marriage, Judah hires a hitman to kill Dolores. Meanwhile, Cliff becomes involved with the shallow and manipulative producer, Halley Reed (Mia Farrow), who seems to have the power to make or break his career.

As the film reaches its climax, the two stories converge at a wedding where Judah delivers a speech to his friends and family. In his speech, Judah reflects on the nature of morality and the potential consequences of one's choices. The film ends with a shocking twist that will leave viewers pondering the power of morality, the possibility of redemption, and the complexities of human relationships.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is a masterpiece of storytelling that masterfully blends comedy and drama with elements of film noir. The film features an outstanding cast, including Martin Landau in a career-defining performance as Judah, Woody Allen as the neurotic and humorous Cliff Stern, and Anjelica Huston as the tragic Dolores. The supporting cast is equally impressive, with memorable performances by Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, and Alan Alda.

The film also features some stunning cinematography by Sven Nykvist, capturing the contrasting tones of the two stories. The scenes involving Judah are shot in a darker and more ominous style, while the scenes with Cliff are shot in a lighter and more whimsical style.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is a film that forces viewers to think about morality and the consequences of our actions. It is a deeply introspective film that engages us with the human condition and leaves us contemplating the nature of good and evil, life and death, and the complexity of our relationships with others.

Overall, Crimes and Misdemeanors is a masterpiece of cinema that stands as one of Woody Allen's finest achievements. Its themes are timeless, and its execution is flawless. It is a film that will leave you questioning your own moral compass and contemplating the fragility of human existence.

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