A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
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As one review mentioned, this is a piece of Impressionism. It isn't about meaning or message specifically--it's about mood. And let me tell you, this film captures the mood of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream better than any production of the play I have ever seen--and I'm not exaggerating. Critics of Woody Allen's "Sex Comedy" have no right mouthing off unless they are open to and can appreciate the whimsy that makes Shakespeare's comedies so affecting. That, it seems to me, was the point of the originals, and that is also the point of this movie. We, the audience, like gods are peering in on the mere mortals as they haplessly play at the game of life. We laugh at and with them because we are so far removed, but really, they reflect us, and this draws us in where we can also be happily implicated. In true comedy we recognize our own humanity--it is the art of comedy to show us these things that could be painful, this suffering that defines our existence, in a way that we can do nothing but laugh and simply accept it. That is a subtle art and one worthy of respect.Read more ›
This is Mr Allen's most sentimental, romantic and least cynical work. The location, the light, the cinematography, Mendelsshon's music and Jose Ferrer's acting all work together to make a funny, charming, gorgeous film. And now we can see it widescreen, framed as Allen and Willis intended.
I have been waiting since DVD was invented for this film on disc. It is not a disappointment.
Allen's setting of the film in the early 20th century allows viewers to suspend their collective disbelief. The guests, who arrive for their country weekend in jaunty roadsters, are clad in head-to-toe dusters; the women with their long wasp-waisted skirts and lacy blouses look as if they have stepped out of a Gibson Girl calendar. Adrian's repression, in fact, is emphasised by her tightly-strung corset, and the trouble in her marriage to Andrew is made evident by the camera's focus not on husband and wife but on their mirrored image
on the wall of their empty bedroom, with its striped wallpaper and old-fashioned framed sentimental prints of blissful couples.
Andrew and Adrian's white wooden Victorian gingerbread house is set in a New York meadow surrounded by lush woodlands in which the light dances as it filters through the leaves, constantly altering our perspective.Read more ›
Aside from their both being genre parodies, both movies share several other aspects, not the least of which is Allen's usual well oiled crew plus great `visiting' Director of Photography. I am constantly amazed at the consistently high level of quality in the filming of Allen's movies, since he has a great reputation for bringing his works in within schedule and under budget. Part of his economy is probably due to the fact that while Allen as director is not in the same league as Martin Scorsese or even Clint Eastwood, lots of actors drop what they are doing to be able to appear in the next Woody Allen film. And, they probably appear for a lot less money than they would for Marty or Clint. I also sense in some scenes that Allen lets little flubs go to the final print which Scorsese, for example, would reshoot until it was perfect.Read more ›
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This movie is a delightful romp and the title is a bit misleading as there is a lot of innuendo but it's a very decent film. Highly enjoyable and first rate acting.Published 2 months ago by Moonlightlady339
If memory serves this film was generally dismissed by the critics in its day. I think one can best appreciate this work when you consider Woody Allen's canon in its entirety. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David E. Baldwin
It is a wonderful film. I love the early 20th century set, the location, the acting. Jose Ferrer is precious and Mia Farrow, Julie Haggerty & Mary Steenburgen are brilliant. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Molly Bee
This is not my favorite of Woody's films, but it is very entertaining.Published 13 months ago by Mike Huffman
Another Woody Allen favorite of mine. This is especially fun because it takes you back in time with the day, costumes, and inventions.Published 16 months ago by Fussy
One of Woody's best! You'll laugh, and you'll come back to it again and again.Published 17 months ago by Mountain to Sound