Crimes and Misdemeanors is a captivating, brilliant, ironic, and thoroughly depressing movie about an opthamologist (Martin Landau, 1928- ), his mistress (Angelica Huston, 1951- ), and a married documentary filmmaker (Woody Allen) who is infatuated by another woman.
The theme of the movie comes early on, in a scene in which Juda Rosenthal (Landau) delivers an acceptance speech for some kind of award:
“I remember my father telling me, ‘The eyes of God are on us always.” The eyes of God. What a phrase to a young boy. What were God’s eyes like? Unimaginably penetrating, intense eyes, I assumed. And I wonder if it was just a question that I made my specialty opthamology.”
“Eyes” is the theme of Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Staring eyes. Watching eyes. Jealous eyes. Failing eyes.
Once again, the movie is about relationships, infidelity, love, death, religion, God…you name it. It’s Woody through and through.
But it’s a Woody more focused and Continue reading