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An early example of what Allen called his "slapdash" approach to comedy, Bananas' broad, fast humor and rapid-fire witticisms form a dazzling kaleidoscope of "inspired ingenuity and comic artistry." - Look Magazine
Woody Allen's second film as a director was a wild, unpredictable and unlikely comedy about a product-tester named Fielding Mellish (Allen), who can't quite connect with the woman of his dreams (Louise Lasser, Allen's ex-wife). He accidentally winds up in South America as a freedom fighter for a guerrilla leader who looks like Castro. Once he assumes power, the new dictator quickly goes insane--which leaves Fielding in charge to negotiate with the US. The film is chockfull of wonderfully bizarre gags, such as the dreams Fielding recounts to his shrink about dueling crucified messiahs, vying for a parking place near Wall Street. Look for an unknown Sylvester Stallone in a tiny role--but watch this film for Allen's surprisingly physical (and always verbally dexterous) humour. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Personally I don't love the score -- it tends to underline jokes that don't need the help. It was after this that Allen went away from having music written for his films, using existing pieces instead, which became a huge part of his filmmaking style.
But the combination of verbal wit, and wild leaps of imagination (a political assassination becomes a televised sports event to start the film) make this worth taking the time to see.
It's very clever in parts-the sports commentary on the presidential assassination and Fielding Mellish's consummation of his marriage are nothing short of brilliant. But my favourite scene is on the tube (yes, it is Sylvester Stallone !) when Fielding tackles two thugs who are beating up an old lady. I laughed so hard my ribs ached !
Great stuff. Not as affecting as some of his later works, such as 'Annie Hall' but definitely one for Woody Allen aficionados.
Read between the lines, and trust me, you will find this piece one of a kind. 'Bananas' does deserve your attention.
Next to "Oscar (1991)" this is one of Sylvester Stallone's best performances. That's right Sylvester is in this also. By now you can tell I liked the Snake Bite Lady (Princess Fatosh.) Dorothi Fox did a convincing J. Edgar Hoover. Look for Danny DeVito. And I think they outdid the "Tom Jones (1963)" eating scene.
If you like this kind of dictator movie, you may want to watch "Moon Over Parador (1988) "
For all its value as described above, the movie lacks the energy and the punch lines of the best Allen movies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All Woody Allen is great. This is one of his earlier films - low budget but still a good laugh!Published 3 months ago by David G Parr
Typical Woody Allen, I think that he sometimes gets a little lost.Published 8 months ago by Plas Man
Could not believe this film had passed me by - Alan at his wittiest and absolute best. Well worth a watchPublished on 27 May 2014 by T. Hedgecock
a film I remember from my youth,just great to see Woody,totally unashamed in pinching of other comedians styles ,Marx Bros etcPublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by david lockey