Love and Death
Love and Death (1975)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 10, 1975
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Love and Death is an almost total treat.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The picture is packed front to back with many more cheery bon mots -- to say nothing of rollicking slapstick sequences, spoofy film homages and other modes of merriment guaranteed to keep viewers in perpetual guffaw.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

silly and likable

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"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."

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Emanuel Levy

Thus early Woody Allen film is quite a funny, often even poignant satire of Russian literature and Russian mores.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sometimes funny spoof of War and Peace.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Woody Allen meets Dostoyevsky, and the two compare misanthropic views

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Stomps all over the games we play to pretend we're important

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Daniel Perry
Let's start here: I have only a passing familiarity with the great Russian novelists, and I've never read War and Peace. However, in much the same way… More
Michael Gildea
Love and Death is pretty much your standard Woody Allen fare from the 70s. It borrows heavily from Ingmar Bergman and the Marx Brothers and at times is… More
Ken Stachnik
Possibly my new favorite Allen film. Filled with his signature blend of philoso-comedy, Allen pays tribute to Bergman and Dostoevsky in only the way he can.… More
Mason Williams
Love and Death, starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton is hillarious. What a great take on Russian grand films....soo funny.
Kevin M. Williams
In this early Allen effort his love for the Marx Bros. (particularly Groucho) is worn on his sleeve and the picture is very reminiscent of Mel Brooks' own… More
Alice Shen
Terrible. Just terrible. Pedantic philosophy and overbearing slapstick. I love Woody but he is too self-indulgent in this.