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5.0 out of 5 stars The master of melancholy gives a melancholic masterclass., 9 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Husbands And Wives [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Woody Allen is unique. No one else makes existential comedy like this. Woody is clever, and funny. He looks funny. He delivers wonderful comic lines with a sense of ironic tragedy and deep melancholy. Recall that line about Uncle Ptempkin in Love and Death where the old man carries around the piece of land he owns on the palm of his hand: 'He was an idiot but we loved him!' was Woody's matter-of-fact eulogy.
Husbands and Wives contains several of these gems and as usual the theme is hopelessness, futility and despair but all tossed in the Woody Allen comedic salad bowl.
As ever Woody's character is a writer whose one great love was a woman described as 'fantastic for 2 days a month and impossible to live with the rest of the time - she ended up in a lunatic asylum'.
Unrequited, doomed romance is Allen's favorite theme and he does it so well. In this case he resists temptation but ends up all alone while everyone else just takes their chances with the ups and downs of relationships.
I suspect Woody Allen became a film maker so he could embrace and fondle beautiful women. In this case it's a highly embraceable Juliette Lewis (gorgeous) who is just exceptional as a gifted young student who has caused numerous older men to fall on their swords, if you'll excuse the metaphor. Just as Woody is about to fall in love with her she remarks with some disdain: 'what was I doing wasting my time with all those older guys - the mid life crisis brigade...'. Woody of course sympathizes as his ego and libido are crushed like a grape under foot.

If you like Woody Allen, you'll love this movie.
JP ;o)
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