Bananas ★★★★½

Pure anarchist comedy a la the Marx Bros. Wild gags revealing Allen's background as a brilliant young TV sketch comedy writer, many of the gags unforgettable (although more than a few are also extremely dated). But the film is more than the sum of its memorable and often hilarious gags. There's also a genuine story arc, and despite the constant comic overstatement, the characters are touching, and real. It might be Allen's first great comedy. It's certainly the movie the surrogate Allen's fans are thinking of in Stardust Memories when they tell him they love his movies -- "particularly the early, funny ones." Great movie.

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