Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) dir. Woody Allen

A successful doctor is threatened by his mistress of revealing their affair, meanwhile, a documentary filmmaker in a failing marriage becomes infatuated with one of his female colleagues. Described as an “existential comedy”, critically acclaimed and considered one of Allen’s best. A superb blending of comedy and drama, of the serious and humorous.
Well structured and directed with sophistication – despite detailing various interlocking stories in the same universe.
Traditional use of a classical and jazz musical score. Themes influenced by faith and religion, as well as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (1866) and later revisited in other Woody Allen films, such as Match Point and Cassandra’s Dream.
The humor is, as always, witty and intelligent.

Crimes and Misdemeanors Cast: Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, Joanna Gleason, Anjelica Huston, Martin Landau, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston


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