Essay: Woody Allen’s movie ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

Sample Essay

Woody Allen’s movie ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’ is a great work of art which leads one to ask questions such as how one would be able to create a moral and ethical framework in a world with no god. A multi-faceted movie which compels its audience to think critically about how one views the world around him and many other aspects could be discussed. The plot of the movie revolves around two protagonists Judah and Cliff Stern. Judah is an eye doctor and Cliff is a struggling filmmaker and their stories are loosely linked by the moral crisis each one of them is faced with.

Judah’s story is solemn where he is faced with threats by his mistress Dolores who asks him to fulfil his promise of marrying her by ending his marriage with his wife Miriam but when he refuses to do so she terrorizes him. At this point, Judah gets really anxious and fearful as he has no will to jeopardize his twenty five year long marriage to Miriam. Therefore, Judah approaches his friend and patient who is a rabbi for advice who tells her to disclose about his secret affair to his wife.

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