Love and Death

Synopsis: In Russia, Boris Grushenko is in love with his pseudo-intellectual cousin Sonja, who loves him since he too is a pseudo-intellectual, but she is not in love with him. Instead she is in love with his brother Ivan. But as Ivan doesn't seem to return her affections, she is determined to marry someone - anyone - except Boris. If that person isn't the perfect husband, then she has to find a suitable lover in addition. Boris' pursuit of Sonja has to take a back seat in his life when he, a pacifist and coward, is forced to join the Russian Army to battle Napoleon's forces which have just invaded Austria. Despite Sonja not being in the picture while he's away at war, Boris' thoughts do not stray totally from women. Although they take these two divergent paths in their lives, those paths cross once again as they, together, both try to find the perfect spouse and lover, and try to assassinate Napoleon.
Genre: Comedy, War
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: United Artists
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

And plants eating plants

and animals eating...

It's like an enormous restaurant.

Yes, but if God created it,

it has to be beautiful,

even if His plan's not apparent

to us at the moment.

Sonja, what if there is no God?

Boris Dimitrovitch, are you joking?

What if we're just

a bunch of absurd people

who are running around

with no rhyme or reason?

But if there is no God,

then life has no meaning.

Why go on living?

Why not just commit suicide?

Well, let's not get hysterical.

I could be wrong.

I'd hate to blow my brains out,

then see they found something.

Boris. Let me show you

how absurd your position is.

Let's say there is no God, and each man

is free to do exactly as he chooses.

What prevents you

from murdering somebody?

- Murder's immoral.

- Immorality is subjective.

Yes, but subjectivity is objective.

Not in a rational scheme of perception.

Perception is irrational.

It implies imminence.

But judgment of any system

of phenomena exists

in any rational, metaphysical or

epistemological contradiction

to an abstracted empirical concept

such as being, or to be, or to occur

in the thing itself, or of the thing itself.

Yeah, I've said that many times.

Boris, we must believe in God.

If I could just see a miracle,

just one miracle.

If I could see a burning bush,

or the seas part, or...

Or my Uncle Sasha pick up a check.

We should go back downstairs.

By now

the last golden streaks of the sunset

are vanishing behind the western hills.

Soon the dark blanket of night

shall settle over us all.

Hey, you've been going

to finishing school.

Hey, are you dating any Russians

I should know about?

Well, Minskov has proposed.

And he's very sweet and wealthy.

But the age difference is too great.

I'm 28 and he's 81 .

- Oh, that is big.

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