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Posted by CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE on August 22 at 10:59 AM
Love and Death is the funniest movie there is.
“If it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. I think that the worst you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.”
um. did I miss this one?
Will in Seattle |
August 22, 2006 11:08 AM
Close to true, although I think Sleeper may juuuust barely edge it out in terms of sheer belly laughs. I mean, really, what beats The Orgasmatron?
Andrew Wright |
August 22, 2006 11:16 AM
Super Troopers might be funnier. Woody Allen's acting makes me gag.
Amy Kate |
August 22, 2006 11:19 AM
True. Absolutely true.
August 22, 2006 11:23 AM
Woody was terrific back in the seventies. Sleeper and Bananas are hysterical. And who can possibly forget the look on Gene Wilder's face as he checks into a hotel with a sheep in Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex?
August 22, 2006 11:32 AM
No, Love & Death is a million times funnier than Sleeper and Bananas and all that crap, and may be the funniest movie ever. It's definitely the funniest performance Diane Keaton's ever done.
David Schmader |
August 22, 2006 11:46 AM
That is so very true. The only movie that even comes close is Young Frankenstein.
Sleeper is cute, and Bananas gets points for the Howard Cosell scenes. But Love and Death has it hands down, if only for using the word jejune.
August 22, 2006 12:00 PM
I would throw out "Zelig", "Everything...about sex" and "Stardust Memories" in the Woody Allen category, though that is really just to throw out some of the very funny yet obscure Woody Allen movies you should see if you haven't.
August 22, 2006 12:25 PM
I'm for Love & Death getting top honors. So many elements almost come together in it, then stagger off and fall down a hole. Priceless.
August 22, 2006 12:26 PM
Woody Allen is a genius and has made the most important American films. I'm glad to live in a cultured, educated, city that understands this auteur. Most Americans are to ignorant to grasp the importance of this artist otherwise he'd be the richest man in Hollywood.
Allen Fan |
August 22, 2006 12:37 PM
He's ok. He's a lot shorter in person, but just as funny.
Will in Seattle |
August 22, 2006 1:07 PM
false. but it's very good.
August 22, 2006 1:27 PM
(Russian Princess lays back after having incredible sex w/ Woody Allen)"My God! That was Amazing!"
(Woody Allen) "Yeah, I practice a lot by myself."
August 22, 2006 2:51 PM
Dude -- YES!!! It's about time somebody asked this question. I LOVE this movie. And I first saw it at 14, long before I'd ever seen a Bergman film. Now that I know everything he's making fun of (almost), it's even funnier. It's soooo absurd and smart and wacky, I think someone who doesn't laugh at SOMEthing in it is severely stunted as a human being.
Dan Aloi |
August 22, 2006 3:10 PM
Ah yes - "War and Peace" = "Love and Death." Brush up your Tolstoy. Lines like: "We'll divide his letters - you take the consonants, I'll take the vowels." Wondering what dessert Keaton will serve for dinner in a Siberian setting: "Ah, sleet - my favorite." The Idiot's Convention. My first hearing of the word "meeskite". Czar Alexander complaining he doesn't have a dessert named in his honor as Napoleon does. And the brilliant use of Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kije Suite" as the sound track. The old serf walking around with a clod of dirt intoning that everyone should own some land. The movie is a masterpiece and may only be surpassed by "Harold and Maude."
NOT EBERT |
August 22, 2006 6:39 PM
In all seriousness, I was wondering just the other day how it is that I love this movie, yet nobody I know has even seen it.
"Don't get me wrong - I love him like a brother...just not one of mine".
August 22, 2006 9:34 PM
Wasn't that the one that ended with Woody luring the giant breasts into the giant bra tied to trees?
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