Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

USA, 1989.  .  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

One of Woody Allen‘s highest artistic successes is this delicately layered tale of morality among the upper classes.  is having difficulty keeping mistress  from ratting on the two of them to his wife (), so he gets mob-connected brother  to take care of her. Meanwhile, Woody is living in a lifeless, platonic marriage to  while daydreaming about the associate producer on his latest documentary project ().  is a gas as Gleason’s pompous, repugnant and totally successful television producer brother. The writing is top-notch, Sven Nykvist’s photography couldn’t be more beautiful, and the performances are all first rate (especially Landau and Huston).

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Martin Landau); Best Director (Woody Allen); Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Drama

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