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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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.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. There seem to be 2 kinds of Woody Allen movies -- the fun and entertaining comedies which appear to be little more than than that and the darkly serious pieces which are technically competent even if they're not as fun to watch. While Crimes and Misdemeanors definitely falls into that secondary category, it wasn't without its moments. A bleak movie but worth a watch.