Love and Death

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Released 1975

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG
Boris, a 19th century Russian falls in love with his distant (and married) cousin Sonja. Pressed into service with the Russian army during the war against Napoleon, Boris accidentally becomes a hero, then goes on to win a duel against a cuckolded husband. He returns to Sonja, hoping to settle down on the Steppes somewhere, but Sonja has become fired up with patriotic fervor, insisting that Boris join a plot to kill Napoleon. The effort fails, and Boris faces the firing squad. After death, Boris materializes in front of Sonja to bid her goodbye, philosophizes a bit for the benefit of the audience, and dances a mazurka with the Grim Reaper.

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  • 100

    Empire Ian Nathan

    This magnificent, often anarchic pastiche of Russian literature's portentous habits with a side order in Bergmanesque death wallowing actually finds Allen at his silliest. Which al...

  • 90

    Time Out London

    Another episode in Allen's Jewish-neurotic romance with Diane Keaton, this time with Napoleon's invasion of Russia interfering. This allows a string of terrific visual gags using b...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There are shadings of comic meaning that could have gotten lost if all we had were the words, and there are whole scenes that play off facial expressions. It's a good movie to watc...

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Comedy

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Classics, Satire