Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Set - The Unbearable Lightness of Being Airborne

Woody Allen, back in 1974, on a location shoot for his classic comedy ‘Love and Death’, set during the Napoleonic Wars. 

Behind him, a dummy version of Woody (well, unless the guy in the anorak is actually the dummy and the airborne guy is really Woody!) flies through the air, supposedly fired from a cannon. 

Released in 1975, Love and Death is a satire on Russian literature.

Starring Allen as Boris Grushenko and Diane Keaton as his cousin twice removed and would-be paramour, Sonja, as Russians living during the Napoleonic Era who spend a lot of time engaging in mock-serious philosophical debates. 

It was written and directed by Woody.

Allen considered it the funniest film he had made to that time. Probably ever, actually!

© Ernst Haas

tx  shihlun

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