As a well-to-do family in New York falls apart, its members get ample opportunities to vent their anxieties and feelings of insufficiency. In Love and Death (1975) Woody Allen made jokes about Ingmar Bergman movies. With this film, his first one hundred percent joke-free effort, he has essentially done something that could have come from Bergman. The relationships between these people are complex, often hurtful, and Allen portrays them in a delicate, intelligent way; aided by his cinematographer, he creates a dark and gloomy mood. Superior acting, particularly from Geraldine Page as the unstable mother whose destiny looks unavoidable.
1978-U.S. 93 min. Color. Produced by Charles H. Joffe. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Cinematography: Gordon Willis. Cast: Diane Keaton (Renata), Geraldine Page (Eve), E.G. Marshall (Arthur), Maureen Stapleton, Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt… Sam Waterston.
Trivia: Ingrid Bergman was allegedly considered for the part of Eve.
BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress (Page).
Last word: “Half the reviews have compared it to Bergman. That’s because it has a situation sort of similar to aspects of ‘Cries and Whispers’ and some of his other films. But I wouldn’t call it Bergmanesque… I wish it were more like Bergman. But it doesn’t have that Swedish sort of cold, cerebral guilt. It has more vitality; it comes more out of the tradition of American family dramas. I’d say it was more like Eugene O’Neill than Bergman.” (Allen, RogerEbert.com)