When an idiotic peasant is drafted into the Napoleonic war, he hides in a cannon and becomes a human projectile. Hailed as a national hero, he uses his new-found notoriety to conceive a plot to assasinate Napoleon.
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Rewatched yesterday. And revalued: at what time Allen missed this iconoclast verve who did him, for a short time, the legitimate heir of the most unbridled comedy, slapstick nonsense without a pause? See how he uses his constant references - Fellini, Bergman, Dostoyevsky - and jumble it with Tolstoy, doing a festive irreverence. The meaning of life is the same of a film - ah, those homo parties in old Greece!
Watching this movie, I was reminded how funny a spoof movie could be. If only someone in the vein of Woody Allen or Mel Brooks, meaning someone who loves and cares about what they are spoofing, would make one of these types of movies- Oh well!
Oh, it was weak. I was never interested. Although the part of the doctor was played with gusto and verve and the girl had a delightful cameo role. A puckish satire of contemporary mores. A droll spoof aimed more at the heart than the head.
Sometimes ridiculously funny, other times just ridiculous. I believe this might just be my favorite Diane Keaton performance. She owns the material well. I wish this kind of crazy, go-for-broke Woody surfaced more in his later films.