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Donna, L. (2010). Match Point written and directed by Woody Allen BBC Films and Thema distributed by, Dream Works, 2005; 124 min. Vicky Cristina Barcelona written and directed by Woody Allen MediaPro and Wild Bunch distributed by The Weinstein Company, 2008; 96 min.. Fort Da, 16(1):91-101.

(2010). Fort Da, 16(1):91-101

Film Reviews

Match Point written and directed by Woody Allen BBC Films and Thema distributed by, Dream Works, 2005; 124 min. Vicky Cristina Barcelona written and directed by Woody Allen MediaPro and Wild Bunch distributed by The Weinstein Company, 2008; 96 min.

Reviewed by
Di Luca Donna, Ph.D.

Woody Allen's movie, Match Point (2005), is very different from his earlier movies. Its reviews were mixed, with some critics considering it to be his best movie, and others finding it boring. I found Match Point perplexing—especially the ending, which was disturbing.

Beautifully filmed in England, this movie is Allen's first shot abroad and his longest, with a soundtrack comprising exquisite operatic arias by Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Carlos Gomes, and Gaetano Donizetti. The arias are about love, disappointments, and madness, which highlight the themes of Match Point. The music, even without the words, communicates affectively.

Act 1. Music from Verdi's Il Trovatore and La Traviata.

The two main characters are Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish tennis player who teaches in a posh English club, and Nola (Scarlett Johannson), an aspiring young American actress. Both are social climbers eager to enter into the wealthy London scene.

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