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MATCH POINT Dostoyevsky’s film?

November 16, 2011

Recently, I went back to the cinema to see “Match Point”, which was directed and written by Woody Allen in 2005. Furthermore, It ‘s the second Woody Allen’s  film shot away from his admired and adored New York.

 To start with, when I saw “Match Point” for the first time, I not only enjoyed it a lot, but also I was convinced it was a genuine Allen’s film. However, now in the new “revision”, I found out new aspects , many details in the film that for me are not typically Allen’s.

 “Match point” tells about the social rise of a tennis instructor (Jonathan Rhys Meyer) in the closed British Upper Society, thanks to a providential friendship (Mathew Goode) and a beneficial marriage. However, this useful wedding will have a price. In fact, Jonathan in the film will have to decide between passion (Scarlet Johansson) or desperation to keep his social status (Emily Mortimer),and as a consequence there will be an unexpected and suspenseful end.

Moreover, the psychological developement of the main character,Crhis Wilton, (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is not a feature of  Woody Allen’s film. Actually, in the plot, this character progresses without the real “touch” of sarcasm.  Indeed, in my opinion, the lack of irony makes this role, an extremely drammatic personality. As a result, Chris Wilton could perfectly be a Dostoyevsky’s character, involved in the dark themes of Crimes and Misdemeanors, through the skulduggery and violence and without punishment. Nevertheless, he is not a traditional character in Woody Allen’s film.

 In conclusion, Woody Allen has made many transitions in his films throughout the years, transitioning from his early, funny ones such as ,”Bananas,” to his last film ,“Midnight in Paris”.

Although his stories and style have changed over the years, personally, I think that his views on art and his mastery of filmmaking leaves him as one of the best directors of our time.

Therefore, If you like Woody Allen’s film and the Russian Existentialism of the 19th century, I strongly recommend you to discover a new “Dostov-Allen”, enjoying and seeing this self-destructive and darkness film.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2011 6:00 pm

    I agree with you Maria Angeles. Even I recognize some other books in Woody Allen’s films appart from “Crimes and Misdemeanors”, do you recognize some profiles from “The player”?

  2. Laura permalink
    November 16, 2011 8:15 pm

    Awesome observation! When I saw the film, I noticed that Chris Wilton isn’t a traditional character in Woody Allen’s film, because of his dramatic situation, but I had never thought about a connection with Dostoyevsky’s novels!

    I totally agree with you that he’s one of the best directors in history, and some of his films are real masterpieces. Although his work has been changing since he began making films, I enjoy every film of his.

  3. November 16, 2011 10:20 pm

    Hi! and thank you for your comments. Sorry because I don’t know the film “The player”. who is the director?, Woody Allen???. Regarding the main role, Chris Wilton, suddenly I thought about Dostovyesky’s character in “Crime and Punishment”. In my opinion, it’s the same role but, without “punishment”.

  4. juliaebe permalink
    November 17, 2011 2:43 pm

    Nice article Maria Angeles. I think “Match point” is one of Allen’s best movies in the last years. Anyway, I recently saw “A place in the sun”, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift and there are lots of similitudes. I recommend you to watch it.

  5. marisadedios permalink*
    November 19, 2011 1:39 pm

    Thank you all for your post and comments. Somebody recommended in a comment to another post “Midnight in Paris”. I watched it the other day and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. I watched Match Point a long time ago, but I will certainly watch it again and I’ll try to see A place in the Sun too. So much I learn from you guys!

  6. lit is dead permalink
    May 20, 2012 6:14 am

    uh u dont know what ur talking about. as far from dostoyevsky as two people in different genres in different times of different characters etc as possible. its like a guy who read crime and punishment and didnt understand it and then also watched matchpoint and didnt understand that either. so of course they seem similar to u. they have ur ingorance of them in common

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