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Crimes and Misdemeanors
Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by Charles Joffe
Written by Woody Allen
Starring Woody Allen
Martin Landau
Mia Farrow
Anjelica Huston
Alan Alda
Distributed by United Artists
Release date June, 1989
Running time 107 min
Language English
Budget $19,000,000
IMDb profile

Crimes and Misdemeanors is a film written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Woody Allen (as Cliff), Martin Landau (as Judah), Mia Farrow (as Halley), Anjelica Huston (as Dolores) and Alan Alda (as Lester). The film was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Image File history File links Crimes_and_misdemeanors. ... Woody Allen. ... Woody Allen. ... Woody Allen. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... Farrow on the cover of Glamour, 1968 Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow, better known as Mia Farrow (February 9, 1945 – April 5, 2006) is an American actress. ... Anjelica Huston Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American actress of both feature films and television. ... Alan Alda as Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph DAbruzzo on January 28, 1936) is an Oscar-nominated American actor, writer, director and sometimes political activist. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Woody Allen. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... Farrow on the cover of Glamour, 1968 Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow, better known as Mia Farrow (February 9, 1945 – April 5, 2006) is an American actress. ... Anjelica Huston Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American actress of both feature films and television. ... Alan Alda as Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph DAbruzzo on January 28, 1936) is an Oscar-nominated American actor, writer, director and sometimes political activist. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...

Due to the film's serious and realistic treatment of its plot and characters, it is considered by many to be Allen's most mature film. The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...

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Plot

The film is set in 1980s New York and follows two main characters: Judah, a successful ophthalmologist, and Cliff, a failed documentary filmmaker. The two men are each confronted, respectively, with different moral crises. MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq. ... Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine which deals with the diseases of the eye and their treatment. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...

Judah's crisis concerns the affair he had with an airline stewardess named Dolores. After Judah unceremoniously ends their relationship, Dolores, scorned, blackmails Judah, threatening to tell his wife about their affair. Frustrated and desperate, Judah has her killed, and subsequently must deal with his guilt.


Cliff, on the other hand, falls in love with a woman named Halley, who is producing a documentary Cliff is working on. Cliff becomes despondent over his miserable marriage, and pursues Halley, who eventually rejects Cliff for Lester, a man that is his polar opposite.


Influences

The film appears to be heavily influenced by the films of director Ingmar Bergman. This is evident from the film's somber tone and bleak themes, as well as little of the nostalgia that permeates many of Allen's films. There is also one key scene in which Judah relives a memory from his childhood while visiting his former home that is nearly identical, in terms of thematic intent and staging, to a scene from Bergman's Wild Strawberries. Ingmar Bergman (pronounced in Swedish, IPA notation) (born July 14, 1918 as Ernst Ingmar Bergman) is a Swedish stage and film director who is one of the key film auteurs of the second half of the twentieth century. ... Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries, lit. ...


Music

As with most of his films, Allen makes good use of classical and jazz music in many of the film's scenes. One piece that stands out is Schubert's String Quartet #15 in G, which is used in one particularly dramatic scene. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... For the crater on the moon, see Schubert (crater) Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828), was an Austrian composer. ... The resident string quartet of the Library of Congress in 1963 A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string instruments—usually two violins, a viola and cello—or a piece written to be performed by such a group. ...


Trivia Both Judah´s lover and the principal character in Nabokov´s Lolita have the same name: Dolores. These two women awake an awful attraction on the male characters. Dolores also means "pains" in Spanish.


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