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Love and Death (1975)

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

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Georges Adet ...
Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu ...
Drill Sergeant
Edmond Ardisson ...
Priest
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Mikhail (as Feodor Atkine)
Albert Augier ...
Waiter
Yves Barsacq ...
Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco)
Lloyd Battista ...
Don Francisco
Jack Berard ...
General Lecoq
Eva Betrand ...
Woman Hygiene Class
George Birt ...
Doctor
Yves Brainville ...
Andre
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Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn ...
Dimitri
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The soundtrack was originally scored with the music of Igor Stravinsky, but Woody Allen thought it made the scenes "unfunny". He discovered Sergei Prokofiev's lighthearted music worked far better. See more »

Goofs

The young Boris has blue eyes, but the adult Boris has brown eyes. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

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Lieutenant Kijé, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 60
(1934) (uncredited)
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Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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Woody Allen's best, and I own them all
4 July 2003 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

People go on and on about "Annie Hall," which I must say I love, but "Love and Death" remains, for me, the best movie Woody Allen movie ever made. Why?

First, I love Dostoyevsky, and his twisted take on Dostoyevsky is so hilarious, but also so informed, that it lands me on my ass. Second, his dialogue is so

existentialist and yet so ridiculous ("Yes, but objectivity is subjective." "Not in any rational scheme of perception.") that it makes Ingmar Bergman look like a fool, which he isn't, but it's so much fun to deconstruct the big guy. Third, I love the scene when the little kid questions death about the afterlife. ("Are there girls?") I love the one-liners, especially when, surveying the battlefield with all the bodies lying around, Woody's companion says "He was our village idiot." and Woody

replies "So what did you do? Place?" Mainly I love it because it is intellectual but also as silly as hell. In the movie pantheon, Woody is up there in the godhead, along with Bergman and Dreyer. Alongside them, the world needs Woody, to

make it laugh about things that they make people think seriously about.


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