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Woody Allen's Love and Death is purportedly a satire of all things Russian, from Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky novels to Sergei Eisenstein films, but it plays more like a spin on Bob Hope's Monsieur Beaucaire. Allen plays Boris, a 19th century Russian who falls in love with his distant (and married) cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton). Pressed into service with the Russian army during the war against Napoleon, Boris accidentally becomes a hero, then goes on to win a duel against a cuckolded husband (Harold Gould). He returns to Sonja, hoping to settle down on the Steppes somewhere, but… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Love and Death is an almost total treat."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Thus early Woody Allen film is quite a funny, often even poignant satire of Russian literature and Russian mores."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sometimes funny spoof of War and Peace."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
""Love and Death" has been mapped out as a fully thought-through film. It's a lot more mature than the anything-goes style of earlier Allen movies like "Bananas.""
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Woody Allen meets Dostoyevsky, and the two compare misanthropic views"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Stomps all over the games we play to pretend we're important"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Besides being one of Woody's most consistently witty films, "Love and Death" marks a couple of other advances for Mr. Allen as a film maker and for Miss Keaton as a wickedly funny comedienne."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"silly and likable"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Absurd from start to finish, it may just be Allen's funniest film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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