Friday, February 8, 2008

Deconstructing Harry: A Master Artist's Mind

"Deconstructing Harry" is a deceptively autobiographical movie written and directed by Woody Allen. Its HILLLARIOUS to the core. Yes its profane and vulgar, but tell me one person who didn't laugh at least once, while watching a porn flick. No, this isn't a porn flick.

Woody Allen is known as much for his humor as for his quirks. DH is one of the most brashly honest piece of work by Woody, and I am sure it's one of the under rated ones too. For me, next on the card are 'Play it Again Sam', 'Radio Days', and 'Annie Hall'.
The backdrop of the story is that of a self proclaimed spiritually and morally bankrupt writer facing a writer's block. And if you relate to the character even an ounce, you'd most probably be embarrassed of yourself while you laugh at yourself.
I must confess I could see quiet a handful of myself in Harry/Woody! Now, although thats not very important, but it sure is embarrassing.

Heres what this character is like -
- 60+ and still a boy
- loves his son but can't understand marriage
- doesn't believe in God but is sure of Satan
- believes in physics, black holes and sexual encounters of all kinds
- obnoxious freely hopelessly honest chain lover
- doesn't like being lonely, can't keep wives
- irritatingly argumentative while defending himself
- genuinely innocent while defending himself
- can't understand women
- can't live without women
- flirt, liar, cheat... for people in general
- truthful, honest, fair in his own weird unreal way

A few good thing that I could pick were -
- doesn't like tradition, thinks of all human kind as ONE
- honest to himself
- funny
- actually innocent (Nah.. I am just being good to him)

A major part of the movie is shot like a documentary, with sharp visible cuts. While this may make it look real'istic', but can also be irritating for some. But I like the fact that Woody explores such cinematic nuances.

Woody's treatment of love, marriage, children, sexuality and religion is not necessarily incisive but is surely humorous. I suggest you pick it up if you want to watch a weird satirical comedy that gives you a peek into a strange master artist's psychology.

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