In fact, these things are the film, from the affluent ophthalmologist (Martin Landau), who has his mistress (Anjelica Huston) murdered, to the fragility of the idealistic documentarian (Allen) pinning his faith on the works of philosopher professor Louis Levy (Martin S. Bergmann), to the memories of a traditional Jewish upbringing (complete with arguments for and against such a thing). It’s always sharp, often funny, and wisely leaves the exact meaning of the bleak conclusion up to the viewer. Allen films don’t get much better, and films don’t get much better than the best of Allen.
Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Crimes and Misdemeanors Friday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 828-273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com