in about 100 words or less
US 104m, Colour
Director: Woody Allen; Cast: Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston, Joanna Gleason
Crimes and Misdemeanors is an existential black comedy about two separate stories that briefly intertwine by coincidence. In one, a husband’s infidelity prompts him to take desperate measures to ensure that his emotionally distraught mistress does not reveal their relationship to his wife. In the other, a despondent filmmaker, who has his own marital issues, loses the women he desires to his more successful brother-in-law. Employing flashbacks and classic movie clips, Allen weaves a clever tale of love, deceit, murder, and guilt in this witty exploration of film making and morality (Klaus Ming March 2015).