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CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
1989, MGM Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Comedy is tragedy plus time.” Successful ophthalmologist and wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is in a bind when longtime mistress Dolores (Anjelica Huston), fed up with years of noncommitment and empty promises, threatens to go to his wife with the truth. While Judah considers a wickedly devastating solution to his problem, documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Woody Allen) must put aside his passion project about a philosophy professor and instead profile his successful weasel of a brother-in-law Lester (Alan Alda). All of Allen’s hilariously hyperbolic obsessions are in fine form here - religion, guilt, sex, death, disgust with the mainstream - but darkly tainted with a bleakness rarely seen in his career of filmmaking.


HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 103 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s brilliant romantic comedy set in New York City over a Thanksgiving holiday follows well-adjusted Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her slightly lost siblings Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest), all playing virtual musical chairs with a gang of lovers (including Allen, Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow and Sam Waterston). With Lloyd Nolan and Margaret Sullivan (Mia’s real-life mom) as the women’s nostalgically careening parents, and Carrie Fisher as Holly’s poisonous best friend April. Winner of three Academy Awards, two for Best Supporting performances (Caine and Weist) and Best Screenplay for Allen.


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