Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Dvd/150: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY (Woody Allen, 1982)

After 32 years I have finally seen this transitional Woody Allen film.

Following the bitter STARDUST MEMORIES, this retreat to lighter comedy is Allen's take on Ingmar Bergman's SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT as well as a nod to Shakespeare as couples are transformed by visiting an idyllic wood. 

Egotistical Professor Leopold visits his cousin Adrian in the country with his young fiancee Ariel on the eve of their wedding.  Adrian and her stockbroker/inventer husband Andrew are having problems in the bedroom which is not helped when she realises that Andrew had an unfulfilled affair previously with Ariel.

Also visiting are Maxwell, a womanising doctor, with naive nurse Dulcy who are among the mixed-up lovers.

A fine ensemble includes Mia Farrow - their first film together - and she is well-matched with Mary Steenburgen and Julie Hagerty but are given little to do as Allen's film fades to nothingness.

Shelf or charity shop? Seen it now... don't think I need to keep it

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