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Love and Death -- Woody Allen invades the spirit of Tolstoy in this hilarious spoof of 18th Century Russia, when Napoleon is preoccupied with perfecting his pastry and before Wellington markets his beef. In HD.

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Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1975 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The Comedy Sensation of the Year!
Plot:
In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Woody at his historical, or should that be, hysterical best! See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Boris

Diane Keaton ... Sonja
Georges Adet ... Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu ... Drill Sergeant
Edmond Ardisson ... Priest

Féodor Atkine ... 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

Gérard Buhr ... Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn ... Dimitri
Henri Coutet ... Minskov
Patricia Crown ... Cheerleader
Henri Czarniak ... Ivan (as Henry Czarniak)
Despo Diamantidou ... Mother
Sandor Elès ... Soldier 2 (as Sandor Eles)
Luce Fabiole ... Grandmother
Florian ... Uncle Nikolai
Jacqueline Fogt ... Ludmilla
Sol Frieder ... Voskovec (as Sol L. Frieder)
Olga Georges-Picot ... Countess Alexandrovna

Harold Gould ... Anton
Harry Hankin ... Uncle Sasha

Jessica Harper ... Natasha

Tony Jay ... Vladimir Maximovitch
Tutte Lemkow ... Pierre
Jack Lenoir ... Krapotkin
Leib Lensky ... Father Andre
Anne Lonnberg ... Olga (as Ann Lonnberg)
Roger Lumont ... 1st Baker

Alfred Lutter III ... Young Boris
Edward Marcus ... Raskov (as Ed Marcus)
Jacques Maury ... Second
Narcissa McKinley ... Cheerleader

Aubrey Morris ... Soldier 4
Denise Péron ... Spanish Countess (as Denise Peron)
Beth Porter ... Anna
Alan Rossett ... Guard
Shimen Ruskin ... Borslov
Percival Russel ... Berdykov (as Persival Russel)
Chris Sanders ... Joseph
Zvee Scooler ... Father
C.A.R. Smith ... Father Nikolai
Fred Smith ... Soldier
Bernard Taylor ... Soldier 3
Clément Thierry ... Jacques (as Clement-Thierry)
Alan Tilvern ... Sergeant

James Tolkan ... Napoleon
Hélène Vallier ... Madame Wolfe (as Helene Vallier)
Howard Vernon ... General Leveque
Glenn Williams ... Soldier 1

Jacob Witkin ... Sushkin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rebecca Potok ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Norman Rose ... Death (voice) (uncredited)
Andrée Tainsy ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Fred T. Gallo .... associate producer
Charles H. Joffe .... producer
Martin Poll .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ron Kalish (film editor)
Ralph Rosenblum (edited by)
George Hively (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman (casting)
Juliet Taylor (casting: MDA)
Blanche Wiesenfeld (casting)
 
Art Direction by
Willy Holt 
 
Costume Design by
Gladys de Segonzac  (as Gladys De Segonzac)
 
Makeup Department
Renée Guidet .... hairdresser (as Renee Guidet)
Anatole Paris .... makeup
Marie-Madeleine Paris .... makeup
 
Production Management
Jean-Marie Durand .... unit manager
Patrick Gordon .... assistant unit manager
Suzanne Wiesenfeld .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Cohn .... second assistant director
Paul Feyder .... first assistant director
Zsuzsanna Mills .... second assistant director: Hungary (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Louis Boussaroque .... outside buyer
Jean Brunet .... standby propman
Marc Frédérix .... assistant art director (as Marc Frederix)
Claude Reytinas .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Gérard de Lagarde .... boom operator (as Gerard De Lagarde)
Al Gramaglia .... re-recording mixer: Magno Sound, Inc.
Dan Sable .... sound editing: Magnofex
Michael Kirchberger .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Dawson .... assistant special effects
Kit West .... chief special effects
 
Stunts
Gábor Piroch .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Apoteker .... still photographer
Philippe Houdart .... second assistant cameraman
René Strasser .... head grip (as Rene Strasser)
Guy Testa-Rossa .... first assistant cameraman
Michel Vocoret .... head gaffer
Daniel Vogel .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andree Demarez .... wardrobe
Imre Béres .... dresser (uncredited)
Imre Béres .... tailor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marilyn McLaren .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Felix Giglio .... music supervisor
Sergei Prokofiev .... music by (as S. Prokofiev)
 
Other crew
Catherine Prévert .... script supervisor (as Catherine Prevert)
Adele Sanders .... auditor
Marie-José Testard .... accountant
Blanche Wiesenfeld .... production secretary
 
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Trivia:
When Boris' father visits him in his prison cell, near the end of the movie, he tells him about Raskolnikov killing two women and about getting told by the brothers Karamazov. Rodion Raskolnikov is the protagonist in Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic "Crime and Punishment", in which he murders two women and does not know how to deal with the moral consequences afterwards. "The Brothers Karamazov" is another epic book by the same Russian writer. The dialogue also evokes "The Possessed", "Raw Youth", "The Idiot", "The Insulted and Injured" (usually "The Insulted and Humiliated"), "The Gambler", "The Double", "Bobok", all of them novels by Dostoyevsky.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.148" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lieutenant Kijé, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 60See more »

FAQ

What is the music that plays in the opening and closing credits? Where else might I have heard it?
Who plays Boris as a youngster?
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Woody at his historical, or should that be, hysterical best!, 21 August 2000
Author: Sonatine97 (sonatine97@hotmail.com) from Birmingham, England

For me Love & Death and Sleeper were Allen's zenith for slapstick, one-liner comic-gag comedy. After the relatively immature but amusing Bananas & Everything You always Wanted To Know About Sex, Allen goes up a notch in the intellectual comedy stakes to produce this fine send-up of Russian culture & historical caricature.

Even though some of the one-liner jokes don't always come off it doesn't matter because you never really get chance to think too much about how droll it is because Allen has another half dozen gags waiting in the wings.

But I've often found that Allen works best when he has a foil for his anarchic humour: and thank the Lord he managed to find the wonderful talent of Ms Keaton. She may not be his intellectual equal but she can run him to ground in nearly everything else. She has a kind of naive charm in this movie, always daydreaming, never really listening to Allen's mutterings & jabberings. And with this naivity brings warmth, humility and a general sense of well being.

At the same time Allen can release all his pentup emotions, fears, neo-neurosis to Keaton knowing full well that she wouldn't have a single notion as to what he was on about.

And thats what makes this partnership so durable whether it be here in Love & Death, or Sleeper, Annie Hall or Manhattan Murder Mystery. The scripts may vary but they're held together by the spontaneity of the two stars.

It should be said also that Love & Death breaks new ground for Allen, because even though he still relies on the childish humour of his earlier films, it is also quite clear that he is more forthcoming with his angst against a problematic world. His philosophic nuances dominate a lot of the film, which he will put to more practical use in his latter films like Annie Hall & Manhattan. But here he gets the mix between jokes & existentualism just right.

Love & Death is quite literally a laugh a minute. Whatever people may say about his recent personal problems it cannot be denied that this guy is a pure talent and should be cherished for what he is - a man that makes the world a happier place, if only for a few hours!

****/*****

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