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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen
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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen | 3. The Courtroom Scenes From Bananas
3. The Courtroom Scenes From Bananas

Film: Bananas (1971)

Bananas has so many beautiful little moments to enjoy, it’s a genuine headscratcher trying to point you in the direction of just one. There’s the sublime attempt to help someone park their car, Woody’s own attempts to nab a spot; Sylvester Stallone’s brief cameo as a mugger on a subway train; and the immortal re-enactment of every man’s greatest fear: trying to buy a nudie mag in front in a newsagents full of other people. “Say, Ralph, how much for a copy of Orgasm? Orgasm! This guy wants to buy a copy!”

But despite ostensibly being about a neurotic consumer products tester going to the tropical (and fictional) country of San Marcos, taking part in a revolution and becoming president, it’s not a scene from the revolutionary period that we love most. It is, of course, the courtroom scenes, which have so many jokes crammed into two minutes that you may well need to pause the clip to fit the laughs in. The self-cross-examination alone... priceless.
 

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