Love and Death

  • Dir: Woody Allen

  • USA, 1975, 82 mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet

“There are worse things in life than death. I mean, if you’ve ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?” Woody Allen challenges Dostoyevsky with the most serious philosophical question in this witty comedy. Boris, a coward who is forced to enlist in the Russian Army, has a few close encounters with death, literally face to face with Ingmar Bergman’s Grim Reaper. Failing to kill Napoleon as persuaded by his beloved wife, he faces execution but is pardoned by God. Much like War and Peace, though Tolstoy couldn’t possibly explore life and existence in such over the top humor and absurdity.

1975 Berlin Film Festival, Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (UNICRIT Award)

19/8/2017(Sat): Post-screening talk with Geoffrey Wong



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