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Love and Death
     

Love and Death

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Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Harold Gould, Sol Frieder

 

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Woody Allen's hilarious absurdist satire finally arrives on DVD in this fine release from MGM Home Entertainment. With a choice of either standard 1.33:1 standard full-screen or widescreen 1.85:1 (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) presentations, the disc also features a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono audio track in addition to a Spanish Dolby Digital Mono audio

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Woody Allen's hilarious absurdist satire finally arrives on DVD in this fine release from MGM Home Entertainment. With a choice of either standard 1.33:1 standard full-screen or widescreen 1.85:1 (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) presentations, the disc also features a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono audio track in addition to a Spanish Dolby Digital Mono audio option and optional Spanish and French subtitles. Though extra features remain scarce, Allen fans will surely delight in the collectible booklet and the inclusion of an original theatrical trailer.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Before Woody Allen made Annie Hall, the first in a long series of romantic comedies and/or personal dramas about neurotic New Yorkers (and, to a large degree, himself), he made a series of wildly funny absurdist comedies, of which Love and Death was probably the best. Dominated by knowing parodies of Russian literature with a dollop of Ingmar Bergman on the side, Love and Death is that rare satire that wears its smarts on its sleeve while still going for the belly laugh. While you have to be quite well-read to catch every literary reference, the movie still works if you don't get them, and for every joke about the philosophical nature of being and nothingness, there's another one along the lines of father's "valuable piece of land" (a chunk of sod he carries with him), and the dialogue is delightfully silly more often than it's profound. This is also where Allen's acknowledged fondness for Bob Hope gets its strongest public airing; Woody's performance as Boris Grushenko, "the young coward all St. Petersburg is talking about," owes a lot to the mixture of bravado and jumpiness that marked Hope's best work, and the story bears more than a passing resemblance to Hope's Monsieur Beaucaire (1946). While this wasn't the first film Allen made with Diane Keaton, it was the first one in which she seemed to be on an equal footing and not just a girlfriend-turned-leading lady. Keaton's an able straight woman for Allen's gags, and she fields a number of her own with a delicious deadpan aplomb (most notably distracting a Spanish dignitary with the question, "I'm having trouble adjusting my belt -- do you think you could come over here and hold my bosom for a while?"). Allen's next film was his Oscar-winning breakthrough Annie Hall, and, while his subsequent work was often more personal and emotionally involving than his early films, he was never funnier than in Love and Death.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0027616850140
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Boris
Diane Keaton Sonia
Harold Gould Anton Ivanovitch
Sol Frieder Leonid Voskovec
Olga Georges-Picot Countess Alexandrovna
Henri Czarniak Ivan Grushenko
Despo Diamantidou Mother
Féodor Atkine Mikhail
Alfred Lutter Young Boris
Jessica Harper Natasha
James Tolkan Napoleon
Edmond Ardisson Priest
Yves Barsacq Rimsky
Larry Hankin Uncle Sasha
Shimen Ruskin Borslov
Helene Vallier Mme. Wolfe
Georges Adet Old Nehamken
Frank Adu Drill Sergeant
Albert Augier Waiter
Lloyd Battista Don Francisco
Jack Berard Gen. Lecoq
Yves Brainville Andre
Gerard Buhr Servant
Brian Coburn Dmitri
Patricia Crown Cheerleader
Sandor Eles Soldier #2
Luce Fabiole Grandmother
Florian Uncle Nicolai
Jacqueline Fogt Ludmilla
Tutte Lemkow Pierre
Tony Jay Vladimir Maximovitch
Jack Lenoir Krapotkin
Leib Lensky Father Andre
Roger Lumont Baker
Ed Marcus Raskov
Jacques Maury Second
Aubrey Morris Soldier #4
Denise Peron Spanish Countess
Beth Porter Anna
Chris Sanders Joseph
C.A.R. Smith Father Nikolai
Fred Smith Soldier
Alan Tilvern Sergeant
Howard Vernon Gen. Leveque
Glenn Williams Soldier
Zvee Scooler Father

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Miriam Brickman Casting
Daniel Brisseau Sound/Sound Designer
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
Peter Dawson Special Effects
Gladys de Segonzac Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Fred T. Gallo Producer
Al Gramaglia Sound/Sound Designer
Willy Holt Art Director
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Ron Kalish Editor
Marie-Madeleine Paris Makeup
Martin Poll Producer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Juliet Taylor Casting
Kit West Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Youth [:09]
2. Shooting Theories [5:45]
3. "Hot Cookies" [3:17]
4. "A Militant Coward" [2:03]
5. Hot Herring [5:12]
6. Hygiene Lecture [2:28]
7. Flirtatious Countess [2:01]
8. A Scandalous Life [3:49]
9. The Russian Front [1:57]
10. The Walking Dead [3:14]
11. Widowed at Last [1:21]
12. "The Greatest Lover" [4:15]
13. Scary Proposal [3:22]
14. Enlightening Duel [3:56]
15. Marital Bliss [3:20]
16. Preoccupied by Death [2:56]
17. Flee or Assassinate? [3:25]
18. Sharing a Bottle [3:12]
19. Double Napoleon [3:22]
20. Mingle Then Murder [4:15]
21. Loaded Seduction [4:37]
22. Soliloquy on Socrates [3:28]
23. Jailhouse Guests [2:35]
24. "That's About It" [3:32]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Youth [:09]
2. Shooting Theories [5:45]
3. "Hot Cookies" [3:17]
4. "A Militant Coward" [2:03]
5. Hot Herring [5:12]
6. Hygiene Lecture [2:28]
7. Flirtatious Countess [2:01]
8. A Scandalous Life [3:49]
9. The Russian Front [1:57]
10. The Walking Dead [3:14]
11. Widowed at Last [1:21]
12. "The Greatest Lover" [4:15]
13. Scary Proposal [3:22]
14. Enlightening Duel [3:56]
15. Marital Bliss [3:20]
16. Preoccupied by Death [2:56]
17. Flee or Assassinate? [3:25]
18. Sharing a Bottle [3:12]
19. Double Napoleon [3:22]
20. Mingle Then Murder [4:15]
21. Loaded Seduction [4:37]
22. Soliloquy on Socrates [3:28]
23. Jailhouse Guests [2:35]
24. "That's About It" [3:32]

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Love and Death 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woody plays to his strengths - zingers, one liners, exquisite intercourse (might need to rethink that one), philosophy, history, cinematic homage, and, most importantly, irony. There are moments in this movie where you can almost feel the history of comedy peel back, revealing the connection between every great quip ever. Witness the classic exchange between Woody and the French official - Sidney Applebaum - on the subject of women: "I prefer two, myself!" "I prefer three, but it's hard enough to get one..." You're spun between farce and tribute with all of the references to Dostoevsky and Eisenstein. And this film has Woody at his most sustained level of comedy. He never lets up, but it doesn't come across as hammy. Diane Keaton turns in a wonderful performance as well, keeping pace with the comedy with skill and ease. Especially when she is trying to drive Woody to kill Napolean - "Are you suggesting passive aggression?" "No, I'm suggesting active flee-ing!" This movie is a true classic and a bargain at any price. No comedy collection is complete without it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smart and funny! Great allusions ot a bunch of stuff! Woody allen is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Love and Death' is one of Woody Allen's best ~~~ funny, smart, superbly crafted in every detail. Diane Keaton has never been better & Woody Allen is the 20th century's Everyman! Script is literate ~~ paradies those classic 17th/18th and 19th century novels. This is a beautiful film & gives its stars a chance to shine ~~ & they give it life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago