30 June 2010

Woody Allen: Day Ten

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is a bigger disappointment than Stardust Memories. Manhattan is a special film, better than Annie Hall, but the past two films have demonstrated a lack of focus. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy had a lot of potential but failed to keep my attention for the entire film. It is the first Woody Allen film to feature Mia Farrow, with whom he had a lengthy relationship in the 1980s. I did not find her particularly fantastic in the film, she was constantly overshadowed by Jose Ferrer and Mary Steenburgen.

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is set in the early 1900s. Adrian (Steenburgen) and Andrew (Allen) are expecting Adrian's cousin Leopold (Ferrer) and his fiancee Ariel (Farrow) to spend a weekend at their house in the country. Andrew has invited his friend Maxwell (Tony Roberts), a doctor who brings his latest girlfriend Dulcy (Julie Hagerty). Old relationships are rekindled and new romances develop during the wild weekend.

Overall I was disappointed by the film. The comedy was not as funny as should be expected and the drama was not as fine tuned as other Woody Allen films.

Next up: Zelig.

My list:
1. Manhattan
2. Annie Hall
3. Love and Death
4. Interiors
5. Sleeper
6. Stardust Memories
7. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
8. Take the Money and Run
9. Bananas
10. What's Up, Tiger Lily?
11. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

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