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Lonely Hearts AV Club : Game Allen

Posted by Drew / April 28, 2006

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Some remain unconvinced, but Match Point is top-tier Woody Allen. He is at his best when surounded by actors who inspire him, and he found it here in his gifted young—and older—cast, and he obviously had a blast working with British character actors in bit roles.

Strangely, and appropriately given his unique insider-outsider status, Allen proves a deft chronicler of class difference. The through line of the film is a light treatise on luck, but Match Point is more an incredibly well observed portrait on the last taboo film subject: Class.

Allen would have been the perfect choice to direct the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring his old love Mia Farrow. Instead, Jack Clayton did, and the film is a disaster.

Allen has a light but searing touch with the nuances of class difference and class entitlement. Like Stanley Kubrick with Eyes Wide Shut, Allen had to go London to make his class film. But if his American audiences thinks that what he’s saying doesn’t apply to them, they are mistaken.

Indeed, the best way to read Match Point is as a critical allegory for the ongoing super-gentrification and forever-upward mobility of New York.

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