Friday, June 24, 2011

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY (1982)

Outside of INTERIORS this is probably Woody Allen's most underappreciated masterpiece. It's funny and touching, the acting is superb, the script (which was reportedly written in only 2 weeks!!!) is so brilliant that every time I watch it I'm left speechless, the photography is beautiful, it's the first pairing of Allen and Farrow and best of all it's based on one of my all time favorite movies: Bergman's SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT.

Set in the early 1900's Woody Allen works on Wall Street, but is currently staying at his summer home with his wife (Mary Steenburgen). They're expecting company but Allen is shocked when he learns that Mary's cousin's fiancee (Farrow) is actually the long lost love of his life that he's secretly been pining away over for years. Naturally this complicates the joyful weekend, but things take an even worse turn with Allen's best friend suddenly decides that he too is deeply in love with Farrow!

In 1982 Woody was right in the middle of his greatest period and AMNSC is amazing. It's so simple, yet deep and no matter how many times I watch it it never gets old. Also Farrow absolutely radiates. Allen must have really been smitten with her.

I cannot recommend this movie high enough, especially if you double feature it with SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT.