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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

by

Roger Davidson

Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, A
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Though greeted with ennui by the critics, this imaginative visual romp from Woody Allen looks at one weekend in the lives of three couples. Allen is a zany inventor living in the countryside, whose sexually frustrated wife (Mary Steenburgen) is growing further apart from him. Four people have come to visit them for the weekend. Allen's best friend (Tony Roberts), a womanizing doctor; Roberts' head nurse (Julie Hagarty), who's secretly in love with him; a stuffy, snobbish professor (Jose Ferrer), who treats everyone around him as intellectual midgets; and Ferrer's fiancee (Mia Farrow, in her first film with Allen), to whom both Roberts and Allen are attracted. Various sexual shenanigans ensue.

Although it's not perfect Allen, it is still hilarious Allen. The six leads give it their all and come off quite well. The cinematography by Allen's usual cameraman, Gordon Willis, is absolutely beautiful. For you film buffs, you may take fancy to this tribute to Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night.

My Rating = Three Stars


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