Woody Allen continues his satirical trend with the 1971 film Bananas. The film focuses on Fielding Mellish, played by Woody Allen, is a product tester who joins a group of revolutionaries in the fictional country of San Marcos in order to impress Nancy (Louise Lasser), a social activist. The women cast in Woody Allen films are often romantically linked to the director. Louise Lasser is no exception. The actress was married to Woody Allen for three years, from 1966 to 1969. While Bananas is funny it seems, in my opinion, to lack the cohesive focus of Take the Money and Run, but it is still a great comedy. In 2000 it was ranked 69 on the American Film Institute's list of the hundred greatest American comedies.
Next up: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) from 1972.
1. Take the Money and Run
3. What's Up, Tiger Lily?