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Love and Death (1975)

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

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Boris
Diane Keaton ... Sonja
Georges Adet Georges Adet ... Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu Frank Adu ... Drill Sergeant
Edmond Ardisson ... Priest
Féodor Atkine ... Mikhail (as Feodor Atkine)
Albert Augier Albert Augier ... Waiter
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco)
Lloyd Battista ... Don Francisco
Jack Berard Jack Berard ... General Lecoq
Eva Betrand Eva Betrand ... Woman Hygiene Class
George Birt George Birt ... Doctor
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Andre
Gérard Buhr ... Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... Dimitri
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La última noche de Boris Grushenko See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,123,742, 31 December 1975
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with 'Esquire' magazine, Woody Allen once said of the making of this movie: "When good weather was needed, it rained. When rain was needed, it was sunny. The cameraman was Belgian, his crew French. The underlings were Hungarian, the extras were Russian. I speak only English - and not really that well. Each shot was chaos. By the time my directions were translated, what should have been a battle scene ended up as a dance marathon. In scenes where Keaton and I were supposed to stroll as lovers, Budapest suffered its worst weather in twenty-five years". See more »

Goofs

During the boot camp "training montage" Boris's uniform changes between one with black cuffs and collar and one with red cuffs and collar. 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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Crazy Credits

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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String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
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One of Woody Allen's most entertaining and amusing comedies
1 August 2001 | by Robert ReynoldsSee all my reviews

Woody Allen films fall into different categories-his early films verge on slapstick while still being bitingly satirical (Sleeper, Bananas, Play It Again, Sam, among others) while his later works generally fall into one of two categories: contemporary social satire or nostalgic period pieces, generally set in the 1930s or 1940s. Love and Death is probably the most cerebral of the slapstick films and what I suspect a collaboration between Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman and the Marx Brothers would have looked like had one ever taken place. Sight gags abound along with the philosophical discussions Woody Allen films have as a matter of course. It's a hilarious film that spoofs Bergman, the military, patriotism and, of course, love and death. Most highly recommended.


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