‘Crisis in six scenes’ (2016), review: It lasts only two and a half hours and Woody Allen called it a “catastrophic mistake”: his only series is a treasure to discover on Amazon Prime Video

'Crisis in six scenes' (2016), review: It lasts only two and a half hours and Woody Allen called it a

speaking of Woody Allen in 2022 it is better to do it carefully: between the accusations coming from #MeToo and quality down of his productions (‘Rifkin’s festival’ is, directly, unpalatable), he is not exactly the most fashionable director. And yet, as an author he continues to have jewels to rescue.

Jewels that six years ago neither the critics, nor the spectators, nor himself liked, but which are worth removing from collective oblivion. Today we are going to talk aboutCrisis in six scenes‘, available in the Amazon Prime Video catalog.

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The promotion of this series, divided into six episodes of 25 minutes each, was based on the New York director saying that I regretted every second of the shoot because I had no ideas to do it. He came to describe it, in fact, as a “catastrophic mistake, a cosmic shame.” It is surprising that the director of ‘To Rome with love’ can be embarrassed about something. And even less for a series so entertainingindebted to the entanglement movies that Allen filmed in the 80s and 90s and with a rhythm that improves as the episodes go by.

Let’s not fool anyone: the first episodes of ‘Crisis in six scenes’ are, indeed, a little disaster. There Woody was right: the plots are lost, it is too hieratic and everything indicates that the author is totally lost. And yet, the plot takes flight, the scripts become more acidic and in the end he leaves the aftertaste of having seen a good film from the director more than a miniseries. It is not ‘Annie Hall’ or ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery’, but it is better than the vast majority of the filmography of his last twenty years.

Crisis in six scenes

In the series, set in the 1960s, a fugitive (the unexpectedly versatile Miley Cyrus) seeks asylum in the home of a wealthy married couple who get into the mess of their lives from that moment on. the jokes are as classic as funfull of sharp and intelligent humor, until in the final episode everything explodes as if it were ‘A Night at the Opera’: the one-liners fly, the characters come and go and it shows an agility and a youth that we all believed that Allen had already lost.

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Speaking in silver, this is the director’s youngest and most accessible work in a long time: it’s fun, she doesn’t take herself seriouslyknows its format perfectly and it’s a shame that not even Woody Allen ended up happy with it, because it’s worth giving it a chance, either out of the curiosity of being his only series or, if you decide to watch it in a marathon, as his longest film.

‘Crisis in six scenes’, despite its vague title, knows exactly what it is playing at: its protagonist, Sidney, played by Allen himself, has to write a tv series that he doesn’t feel like anything when what he wants is to write a book (and, furthermore, his age is not on his side). Of course, it’s not as if the New Yorker kept his disdain to himself for making a serialized plot for Amazon Prime Video. And perhaps this apathy did more good than harm.

Who knows? If this series is reminiscent of Woody Allen’s best comedies, it is simply because he is not taking it seriously, and instead of trying to make a grandiloquent has settled for quick dialogue and funny jokes taking off the weight of transcendence. Yes, ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’ is so flatly inconsequential as absolutely hilarious, especially as the episodes go by.

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It is worth pointing out again that its start is a disaster. It’s slow and clumsy, and the premise doesn’t quite work. But when it finds its own place and tone, it levels up, culminating in a final episode that is the most fun What Woody Allen has done in a very long time. And all this giving a gap to Miley Cyrus and with two exceptional castmates: the great Elaine May (screenwriter, actress and director whom Hollywood never forgave ‘Ishtar’) and Rachel Brosnahan, the wonderful Mrs. Maisel.

to sum it up

It is perfectly understandable that don’t want to get close to anything woody allen did. Really. But if you don’t mind doing it, this is one of his most hidden, least recognized, and funniest works of recent years. Comedy taken to its ultimate consequences, which goes from less to more and culminates in one of the best humorous episodes of recent years, with the pleasure of seeing three actresses like Elaine May, Rachel Brosnahan and Miley Cyrus in action at the same time . Safe value, in just two and a half hourson Amazon Prime Video.


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