I was 7 years old when this came out and I thought it was the funniest thing ever. I would have given it 5 stars when I was 7. Many decades later, a second viewing did not amuse me nearly as much as when I was a child. For old times sake, however, I will still give Woody a 4. ANOTHER WOMAN is my favorite W.A. now. But you can see in this film that his jokes are similar to ones he was writing for CANDID CAMERA.
Con su sistema humorístico basado en una expansión de la lógica de los hermanos Marx sobre un contexto posmodernista, Allen consigue aquí mostrar las primeras señales de un talento que en poco tiempo alcanzaría la perfección. No es esta una mala película, pero si se resiente un poco la repetición constante del motivo principal, que tiende a cansar rápidamente, aunque jamas para de hacer reír, lo cual nunca es malo.
Very similar to the experiences I had watching Bananas: Some really hilarious gags, some bad ones, and consistent gags & jokes very similar to Marx Brothers comedies. A rough around the edges debut that almost won me over.
Les tares et les avatars de Virgil Strackwell alias Woody Allen, depuis sa prime enfance dans un quartier pauvre de Brooklyn jusqu'à sa condamnation exemplaire à 800 ans de prison ..... Bienvenu ! www.cinefiches.com
Re-watched. A real nice early Woody Allen full of gags and rich with ideas. But it is hardly a film to be honest, more of a collection of jokes and parodies put all together. The false documentary aspect will be later masterized with "Zelig". Here it is not true cinema yet and even the timing lacks at times.
Film centering around an out-of-place tramp and his constant awkwardness Woody Allen would be dealing with from then on. There isn't any deeper substance in anything satirized around Virgil, with but a few notable references, forgettable supporting characters, and just a hunch of intelligent black humor. Slapstick becomes repetitive, but is not all that bad.