Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »
This film is presented as a documentary on the life of an incompetent, petty criminal called Virgil Starkwell. It describes the early childhood and youth of Virgil, his failure at a musical career, and his obsession with bank robberies. The film uses a voice over narrative and interviews with his family, friends and acquaintances. Written by
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One of the first things Ralph Rosenblum did was to ask to see all the material that had been cut out. He found that Woody Allen had removed many of his funniest bits. He also rearranged the film. Since it was so loosely structured anyway, with many scattershot visual one-liners, he was free to use the documentary style to change the order and pace of the film to better effect. He split the interviews with Virgil's parents into several segments that he could go back to in order to have something to cut away to, a bridge between other sequences. See more »
The camera shadow on Virgil is visible as he walks from the bathroom to the kitchen on the morning of the robbery. See more »
**after another group of robbers enters the bank** "O.K., show of hands. How many people want to be robbed by *this* group?"
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For those of you who think that all Woody Allen's movies are vapid stories of neurotic rich New Yorkers, you need to see his early movies. "Take the Money and Run" is a good example. Allen plays Virgil Starkwell, an inept criminal. No matter what sort of crime he tries to pull off, something always goes wrong. Probably the funniest scene is when he tries to escape from jail like John Dillinger did. Other scenes include the time when the authorities use him in an experiment, with a silly result.
Anyway, Woody Allen's old movies were really funny. The thing was that he created a bunch of outlandish premises and infused his New York Jewish humor. This is what comedy is all about!
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