Sunday, September 14, 2008

Favorite Moments: Love and Death


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23 comments:

ARBOGAST said...

Howard Vernon, how you say, kicks the ass.

ARBOGAST said...

Oh, and beauty banner. Eddie Constantine, now he kicks the ass!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Vernon has quite a list of credits but that is one of my favorite moments of his ever and one of my favorite stupid comedy moments in the movies. There's something so perfect about his delivery, so non-overplayed but sane and logical, even though it's clearly mad. And Allen's punchline - Sidney Applebaum. I just can't get enough of that scene.

And thanks on the banner. I was just thinking the other day about how many Lemmy Caution movies are out there and I think Alphaville is the only one I've seen. When I checked IMDB I think it had about 14 or 15 times that Constantine had played Caution. I've got to see more.

bill r. said...

"What happened?"

"I got screwed."

Jonathan Lapper said...

"My seconds will call upon your seconds."

"My seconds will be out.
Have 'em call on my thirds. If my thirds are out, go to my fourths."

Kimberly said...

Vernon is one of my favorite character actors. He seems to pop up in the most unexpected places and he's always terrific. Great clip!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Melville, Franco, Lang, Allen - He's worked with amazing assortment of directors. I like a lot of Love and Death but without Vernon's small role the movie wouldn't be the same. His utter earnestness makes the scenes he's in brilliant.

Jonathan Lapper said...

By the way, speaking of famous character actors, for those who don't know this movie, that's James Tolkan fighting a double of himself in the background as Napoleon.

bill r. said...

"Are you scared of dying?"
"Sacred is the wrong word. I'm frightened of it."
"...Interesting distinction."

Jonathan Lapper said...

"One day I plan to build on it."

bill r. said...

"You're a major loon, you know that?"

Jonathan Lapper said...

"Goddamn you, you love Mother Russia, don't you!"

bill r. said...

"He'll go and he'll fight, and I hope they put him on the front line!"
"Thanks, Mom. My mother, ladies and gentlemen."

Pat said...

"Wheat. Acres of wheat. Cream of wheat."

That parody of "Persona" in the final scene of "Love and Death" has forever ruined the original Bergman film for me. I can't watch that shot in "Persona" now without giggling.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I think it's Allen's best of his "silly/slapstick" comedies. And it's clear that it was as far as he could go with it so it made sense that after this we got Annie Hall, Interiors, Manhattan etc. And yes, it's a great parody as well - Persona, Nevsky, War and Peace (obviously), in general a perfect parodic blending of Tolstoy and Bergman. Who'd a thunk it?

Peter Nellhaus said...

About the banner - does Eddie Constantine like Anna Karina's sweater?

Rick Olson said...

"I practice a lot when I'm alone."

ARBOGAST said...

"...Everyone wondered why Young Nehampkin was older than Old Nehampkin"

Jonathan Lapper said...

does Eddie Constantine like Anna Karina's sweater?

I'll ask Filmbrain.

Jonathan Lapper said...

"Our brother has a yellow streak down his back."

"No, no, it runs across."

Piper said...

You're Don Francisco's Sister. No, you're Don Francisco's Sister.

I was just saying over at Tractor Facts how I miss the old, old Woody. The days of Love and Death. Those were good days.

Wheat! Tremendous amounts of Wheat!

Jonathan Lapper said...

I was just saying over at Tractor Facts how I miss the old, old Woody.

Well, good news travels fast.

No news is good news.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Your turn.

Susan Dziadosz said...

Wow, I was looking for this *exact* scene today. Thanks! Such a classic.