Love and Death (1975)
IMDb Rating 7.6
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Woody Allen Boris
Diane Keaton Sonia
Harold Gould Anton Ivanovitch
Sol Frieder Leonid Voskovec
Olga Georges-Picot Countess Alexandrovna
Henri Czarniak Ivan Grushenko
Despo Diamantidou Mother
Féodor Atkine Mikhail
Alfred Lutter Young Boris
Jessica Harper Natasha
Georges Adet Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu Drill sergeant
Edmond Ardisson Priest (as Edward Ardisson)
Woody Allen's Love and Death is purportedly a satire of all things Russian, from Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevski novels to Sergei Eisenstein films, but it plays more like a spin on Bob Hope's Monsieur Beaucaire. Allen plays Boris, a 19th century Russian who falls in love with his distant (and married) cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton). Pressed into service with the Russian army during the war against Napoleon, Boris accidentally becomes a hero, then goes on to win a duel against a cuckolded husband (Harold Gould). He returns to Sonja, hoping to settle down on the Steppes somewhere, but Sonja has become fired up with patriotic fervor, insisting that Boris join a plot to kill Napoleon. The effort fails, and Boris faces the firing squad. After death, Boris materializes in front of Sonja to bid her goodbye, philosophizes a bit for the benefit of the audience, and dances a mazurka with the Grim Reaper. Intellectual in-jokes abound in Love and Death, and other gags are basic Allen one-liners: after being congratulated for his lovemaking skills, Boris replies nonchalantly, "I practice a lot when I'm alone." The pseudo-Russian ambience of Love and Death is comically enhanced by the Sergei Prokofiev compositions on the musical track. — Hal Erickson
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; War
Director Woody Allen
Producer Charles H. Joffe
Writer Woody Allen; Mildred Cram
Studio MGM
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 85 mins
Movie Release Date 6/10/1975
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It No
Index 440
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 4/9/2005
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 027616850140
Chapters 24
Release Date 9/7/2004
Subtitles Spanish; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen
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