‘Catalog jewels’ is a section in which every Saturday we recommend a complete series included in the catalog of streaming platforms.
An American couple of high cultural capital argue between silky sheets whether or not one of them activated the alarm in the house. In that paltry description all the work of Woody Allen is condensed and also Crisis in six scenes, the series he reluctantly wrote and directed for Amazon Prime Video in 2016. The love, the privilege, the chatter, the hypochondria… it’s all there. Including the suspense, also cultivated with relish by the New York director: when the two scholars go to sleep, a gloved hand forces the lock on the front door.
Speaking of the adventure he had just embarked on, after giving in to the obscene amounts with which Amazon Prime Video was tempting him to make a series that was seen on its platform, Allen commented the following: “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no idea nor am I sure where to start. I think Roy Price (head of Amazon Studios) is going to regret this. ” Bezos’s company did not set rules, it only asked for six half hours: in black and white, in color, in the United States, in Paris … Whatever. The occasion was worth it: the last time Allen had written for a television series had been in the 1960s, with The Sid Caesar Show.
There is nothing like watching this series, a fun intrigue that makes check in everything that one could expect from a work by contemporary Woody Allen, and think that that same Amazon, which practically implored the director to take the money, shortly afterwards terminated his contract for the Farrow affair, paralyzing the launch of Rainy day in New York and canceling the production of the other three tapes agreed. As a time capsule where we keep the moments when Allen was still not quite a plague, Crisis in six scenes She is more than nice. And better than his last movie, Rifkin’s Festival. In case you need more reasons: Annie Hall, Manhattan, The purple rose of Cairo, Hannah and her sisters, Café Society, Bananas… What do you mean, why do you have to see it?