Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen)
Rating: 4/4 stars, 10/10, 99/100
Rank: #3 (Top Favorites)

Crimes and Misdemeanors succeeds because of its focus on two individuals like in so many of my other favorite movies (Sense & Sensibility, Bonnie & Clyde, Persona). In the end the two main characters (Judah Rosenthal and Clifford Stern) meet for a brief time, not knowing the background of the other. The audience does.

Judah is a guilty man, yet he tries to convince Clifford that someone with the magnitude of his sins could get off scott free and not feel bad about it. It is evident that by denying any guilt, Judah is admitting how nerve-wracked he actually is.

It's a pretty great exploration of the human condition and has great moments. I think it is Woody's best movie, balancing humor and drama, as well as many great and complex characters.


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