Crimes and Misdemeanors

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“Open Your Eyes”

For the past fifty years, director and actor Woody Allen has evoked much laughter from his neurotic-style comedies. Less recognized, however, is his fascinating ability in utilizing both his stunning, humorous wit along with several philosophical concepts. Such a combination creates an engaged and thoroughly entertained audience, as well as a mentally-stimulated one. In his movie “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” the philosophical concepts Allen touches upon deal with ethical and moral issues. What does 'do the right thing ' really entail; why not do the opposite if it leads to one 's personal success? In the absence of a God, who 's to say whether the choices we make are right or wrong? Answering these questions say much
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So in Judah 's case, these glasses represent his inability to see the true nature of the world, which has now directly confronted him. Judah 's brother, Jack (who sets up for the mistress to be killed), accuses him of not “living in the real world,” due to his state of wealth and privilege. Judah 's success composes this blindness he has of the “real world.” Jack, defined as pragmatic and amoral, lives in this apparent “real world” for he represents honesty and a lack of illusions even though he exemplifies unjustness. Essentially Judah and Jack adhere to the same moral, or immoral, compass. However Jack acknowledges his lack of morality, while Judah 's success leads him to falsely believe he embodies 'rightness. ' Jack represents the dark and immoral side of Judah 's consciousness. With his mistress unable to listen to “logic” and “reason” Judah states, “I manage to keep free of that real world, but suddenly it 's found me.” Darkness overpowering Judah 's conscious, results in the death of his mistress. Post-murder, guilt plagues Judah, leading him to consider confessing. The camera consistently focuses on his eyes, showing the audience Judah 's shock and dismay towards his own behavior. Afflicted with hallucinations of his religious past, he repeatedly hears the words from his father: “God sees all.” Latent, unconscious beliefs in God awaken in Judah 's mind. In reference to the murder he says, “God have
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