Sunday Feature-Week 26: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Title: Crimes and Misdemeanors

Tone: A dark, Hitchcockian, meditation on murder and morality…with a pinch of comedy


Director-Woody Allen

Cast- Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda, Woody Allen

When: 1989

What: Judah Rosenthal, a successful ophthalmologist, has his family and career put in jeopardy by his long-time mistress. As his mistress raises the stakes Judah is forced to find a solution, however dark it may be.


  • After last week’s post on Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder I felt it best to profile one of the best films about the nature of murder, morality, and the indifferent universe. My personal favorite Woody Allen film, Crimes and Misdemeanors.
  • A perfect blend of humor and pathos, and influenced by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Crimes and Misdemeanors is one of Woody Allen’s most unique films, one of his darkest, and by and far one his best written.
  • Alan Alda, often cast in sympathetic roles, is cast against type and plays a great asshole in Crimes and Misdemeanors, you must see it.
  • Asides from being my personal favorite Woody Allen film, the trailer for Crimes and Misdemeanors is also one of my personal favorite trailers, Enjoy!


~ by cinematte on June 27, 2010.

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