A renowned opthalmologist is desperate to cut off an adulterous relationship…which ends up in murder; and a frustrated documentary filmmaker woos an attractive television producer while making a film about her insufferably self-centered boss.
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Throughout Woody Allen's career he has attempted to mirror the greatness of his idol Ingmar Bergman and he never reached that feat until this film, that probably worked because it wasn't really trying to rip off Bergman. This would make a good double bill with Cassandra's Dream.
re-rating. Previous to the last great Allen movie, "Alice", this film announces the failure of his system, rendered himself to the most boring bourgeois elocution and to irrelevant jokes. Using again Dostoyevsky and Bergman in the technique of the dramatic intrigue, this conductor pole is almost the only relevant factor in this film, exhausting it in its "content" and devitalizing the medium, with few exceptions...
Not a perfect Allen movie, but an entertaining and thought-provoking one which explores similar thematic terrain as Irrational Man and Match Point. Maybe if I had seen this first, I would have liked it more.
My favorite Woody Allen film, because of the theme of the nature of evil. The seder scene where they discuss whether or not Hitler "got away with it" is my favorite scene out of all of his films. More than entertaining, it is meaningful.