Love and Death (1975)

PG  |   |  Comedy, War  |  10 September 1975 (France)
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In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Georges Adet ...
Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu ...
Drill Sergeant
Edmond Ardisson ...
Mikhail (as Feodor Atkine)
Albert Augier ...
Yves Barsacq ...
Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco)
Lloyd Battista ...
Don Francisco
Jack Berard ...
General Lecoq
Eva Betrand ...
Woman Hygiene Class
George Birt ...
Yves Brainville ...
Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn ...


In Russia, Boris Grushenko is in love with his pseudo-intellectual cousin Sonja, who loves him since he too is a pseudo-intellectual, but she is not in love with him. Instead she is in love with his brother Ivan. But as Ivan doesn't seem to return her affections, she is determined to marry someone - anyone - except Boris. If that person isn't the perfect husband, then she has to find a suitable lover in addition. Boris' pursuit of Sonja has to take a back seat in his life when he, a pacifist and coward, is forced to join the Russian Army to battle Napoleon's forces which have just invaded Austria. Despite Sonja not being in the picture while he's away at war, Boris' thoughts do not stray totally from women. Although they take these two divergent paths in their lives, those paths cross once again as they, together, both try to find the perfect spouse and lover, and try to assassinate Napoleon. Written by Huggo

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10 September 1975 (France)  »

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La última noche de Boris Grushenko  »

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Woody Allen on the shoot hurt his back after tripping on some ice in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. See more »


When Sonja (Diane Keaton) accompanies Beethoven's "Spring" violin sonata, the music on the piano is visibly an orchestral score, whereas the piece they are playing is a duo. Besides, the "violinist" never moves his left hand's fingers. See more »


[first lines]
Boris: How I got into this predicament I'll never know. Absolutely incredible. To be executed for a crime I never committed. Of course, isn't all mankind in the same boat? Isn't all mankind ultimately executed for a crime it never committed? The difference is that all men go eventually, but I go six o'clock tomorrow morning. I was supposed to go at five o'clock but I have a smart lawyer. Got leniency.
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Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is listed in the credits as "S. Prokofiev," just the way he would have been listed in the credits of a Russian film. See more »


References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
Written by Luigi Boccherini
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One of Woody's (or anybody's) funniest.
20 May 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

Which movie of Woody's was it in which he talked to aliens who expressed a liking for his "early, funny" movies? In any case this is perhaps his funniest. His lampooning of the great Russian dramas are hilarious to those who have even a passing familiarity with them, and even if you don't, the jokes come so fast and furious that it literally is a laugh a minute--at least! Woody and Diane Keaton were a great comedy team. They were really at the top of their game when they made this one. I'll resist the urge to repeat laugh lines here and just recommend that fans of good comedy see it.

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