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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 12 March 2012
I had put off watching this film for a while because the box didn't look all that exciting, but the film is very entertaining. All the vignettes range between brilliantly funny and highly imaginative, with the two often not coinciding, at their zenith. For instance, the transvestite story made me laugh out loud, whereas the final sketch representing the inside of the man's body is undeniably brilliant and zany - like Fellini crossed with the look of A Clockwork Orange - but actually made me laugh less. The first scene is historical and stars Lynn Redgrave in a very funny mock-up of 15th century speech, with Allen as the Court Fool keen to unlock her chastity belt. The sequence with the escaped breast is also unprecedented. But the best of all, for me, concerns Gene Wilder as a doctor who falls in love with a sheep - I thought this was absolutely inspired right from the first moment. The tone is really very well handled and manages to convey a comic vision of real depth. You can feel Allen's signature on it as surely as in Annie Hall or Manhattan. The film is really just a montage but the level of invention is quite astonishing and suggests a comparison with Pasolini's Decameron, but with added derangement.
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