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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

By the end of the 1980s the prolific writings of Woody Allen, which always incorporated wit and comedy within his dramatic arcs, culminated in what would be one of his scathing philosophical masterpieces, Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Within this thought-provoking piece about adultery, values, and morality Allen takes an intricately balanced and nuanced direction following two very different men, a morally repugnant Ophthalmologist, and a humble idealist documentarian, exposing their beliefs, temptations, and consequences.

Oddly enough each of these men’s actions represents the antithesis of their beliefs as one sees an unforgiving world empty of values in a pitiless moral design while the other sees meaning and forgiveness in a higher power.

Crimes and Misdemeanors is probably Woody Allen’s most cynical view on moral justice and relationship happiness as the final dialogue between two strangers leaves you with a contemplatively empty feeling demonstrating Allen’s rare ability to have levity in the face of darkness.

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