#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her – as he had promised to do – or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He’s been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it.
Plot: An ophthalmologist’s mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
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Most would say “Annie Hall”, some would say “Manhattan”, those who prefer Allen’s early career might even mention “Sleeper”. Few would call “Crimes and Misdemeanors” Woody Allen’s best film as writer/director, but the more I watch it, the more I realize that it’s not only my favorite, but in many ways the film Allen was working towards for the entirety of his career as a writer prior to this.
In “Crimes and Misdemeanors” Allen revisits a recurring theme in many of his films, adultery. It would be a simplistic and narrow-minded view of this film to say that it was simply about adultery because it is really far more complex than that, and essentially a film about all varieties of human nature and relationships, and one could even argue- the relationship between reality and film as explored through the lens of genre- romantic comedy, Film-Noir, and documentary, and what parts of this film are- satire.
“Crimes and Misdemeanors” is one of Allen’s best scripts. Any screenplay attempting to accomplish as much as this one does could easily fall apart, and Allen has had less convincing attempts than this one with similar ambitions, but everything works beautifully here. This film practically defines the ‘tragicomedy’ sub-genre, with neither overpowering the other and much of the humor is dark humor originating in tragedy, something that is acknowledged by Allen through the character of Lester (played to perfection by Alan Alda), who comments that comedy is nothing more than “tragedy plus time”. He also mentions that comedy has to have an ending, and that’s one of the best things about this movie- Allen allows dramatic scenes to succeed at being dramatic and emotional, then throws a hilarious punchline at you, which has an effect that is both entertaining and somewhat unsettling. This is an expertly-written movie.
“Crimes and Misdemeanors” is the culmination of a decade of consistently brilliant, evocative, original, and fascinating films from Woody Allen, whose 80’s output I would personally consider to be his best. His 70’s work is far more popular, but his 80’s work contains some of the most unique and memorable films ever made: “Stardust Memories”, “Zelig”, “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, and “Hannah and Her Sisters”, as well as numerous overlooked and generally forgotten films that can only be called excellent, such as: “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy”, “Broadway Danny Rose”, “Radio Days”, “September”, and “Another Woman”. On top of all these memorable films is “Crimes and Misdemeanors”, which is simply my favorite Woody Allen film and almost certainly his best and most focused effort.
A look at the worst kind of blindness: of the one who refuses to look
On our daily full routines sometimes we overlook something here and there, regardless of consequences, just going ahead with our passions and desires, interests and achievements. But life knows how to makes us pay the price for not looking at those things more carefully. And not looking at all of this is a crime, a misdemeanor, and to that there’s punishment as well. Maybe not to everyone involved but to a vast majority. At times leading its story with a dramatic seriousness and other times with a sharp humor, Woody Allen divides this film in two segments (serious/funny), often intertwining both stories with one common theme: the worst blindness of all, of the one who doesn’t want to see.
The stories: ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is living the life of his dreams with a perfect family, a great job and being a respectable man but there’s one thing bothering this man: his mistress, the flight attendant Dolores (Anjelica Huston) got tired of being on the second plan of his life and she wants to live with Judah, without caring about his family and reputation as an honored citizen. The final ultimatum she gives to him (tell you’re wife about me or I’ll tell her about us and your lies), makes him take a unexpected and drastic measure that might haunt him for life: he hires someone to kill Dolores. On a less serious take there’s the story of Clifford (Woody Allen), an filmmaker in a low point of his career trying to make the project of his life when he’s approached by his brother-in-law Lester (Alan Alda), a guy he despises with all of his force, to make an documentary about him. While making this project in which he’s not so thrilled about it he’ll meet the special Halley (Mia Farrow), for whom he falls in love but she seems looking at other direction, and to another person, Lester. The constant fight Clifford will have is with himself trying to figure out a way to understand why such thing is happening with him and trying to caught Halley’s attention.
Allen analyzes all kinds of blinds and different types of blindness here. The ophthalmologist, and that’s not an accident, he’s the one who prevents eye problems and he’s the most significant of the blinded characters of the film. He’s blind for never realizing he has everything he needed: a family, money, respect from his colleagues and friends. No, he’s jeopardizing everything in trade of some adventurous love affair he doesn’t know how to end it; his mistress can’t see he’s never gonna leave his family and risk his reputation for her, therefore, she’s blinded as well; the filmmaker had its vision of reality obscured by failing to notice that life isn’t like movies where showing your deeply affects to someone might be returned, no matter how much he tries to conquer the woman of his dreams, she’ll always turn her back on him, preferring his egocentric rival on business; Halley is blind for not seeing how much Clifford loves her, instead concentrating her thoughts on Lester; the latter is blind to his own egocentrism, refusing to be seen as someone cynical, unfunny and not so bright, he’s too focused on himself although he pays a certain attention to Halley; and at last we have a real blind person but this one seems to see more than any of this character altogether. The Rabbi Ben (Sam Waterston) gives profound advises to Judah, his friend and doctor, of what to do with the whole affair problem. Little by little, we get saddened by his loss of eyesight throughout the story but he always has the right word to say. Conclusion: with the exception of Ben, all of them can see (physically) but they refuse to do so (spiritually/morally) and at the end they’re caught in their own silly entrapment.
“Crimes and Misdemeanors” is an exceptional story about life consequences, love, human relations at its good and bad times, guilt, the things which determines failure and success on everything, and the often mentioned blindness of all kinds, particularly the worst kind of it. This is Woody’s great response to the happy endings he gave to his characters in the magnificent “Hannah and Her Sisters”. Here, the stories taste bittersweet with an incredible and implacable reality. Also exceptional are the performances by the extraordinary casting, most notably Landau and Huston playing the complicated couple of the ongoing tragedy. It is on scenes where Landau doesn’t speak at all where we see how great he is, displaying a enormous guilty conscience, the sense of fear present all the time when he’s driving his car, Schubert playing in the background, his glad flashbacks of how he met Dolores but he’s always worried about what to do next.
Few times in our lives we were able to see the truth behind the lies greatly presented like in this movie. Allen in its geniality took the blindfold of our eyes and it’s not every time something like this happen. Please, don’t be like the worst of all blind, who can see but refuses to do so and go watch this film right away. 10/10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Woody Allen
Writer Woody Allen
Actors Bill Bernstein, Martin Landau, Claire Bloom, Stephanie Roth Haberle
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 23 nominations.
Production Company Jack Rollins and Charles Joffe
Sound Mix Dolby SR (Mono)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA (color)
Film Length 2,860 m (1990) (Finland), 2,863 m (Norway)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm