Woody Allen has fictionalised his person. His characters seem to respond to different voices of his own conscience while discussing without order about human existence. The extremist, the reasonable, the insecure, the triumphant, the hypocrite... Crisis in Six Scenes, his new series for Amazon Prime and only available on its online platform, gives us exactly what its title promises even though it is not about human relations but it's about the political and social crisis.
Crisis in Six Scenes is set in the sixties, a convulsive decade in American history. In the most turbulent moments, a well-off marriage, Sidney and Kay Munsinger (Woody Allen and Elaine May), receive an unexpected visit from Lennie Dale (Miley Cyrus), who will completely change their lives. In short, a story that, far from being exemplary, addresses the recurring topic of the class struggle but, above all, the generational struggle represented by two opposing poles, Lennie and Sidney (played by Woody, who also directs the six episodes). Despite the extravagantness of its proposal, there is a nice and attractive seal of identity that shows a delicate style that gives a concise, powerful and visual rhythm.
The title is deceptive since we never discover what are the damn six scenes that make up the series. There are six episodes, true, but each contains a good number of scenes (maybe 6? I did not count them). There is romance, a lot of humor and a look at the story made with a very bad luck and critical spirit since many of the issues discussed by the characters are still important today. The action is organised, as it could not be otherwise, around long conversations and funny gags.
It goes without saying that the secondary stories contain perhaps the best of the series, with very funny and interesting characters, especially the elderly reading club that meets at the Munsinger's house. Period references are very good as well as music is.
The worst of Crisis in Six Scenes is that they are not, at least, seven scenes.
long discussions and funny gags