The Importance of Moral Relativism in the Film “Crimes and Misdemeanors”

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An Analysis of the Importance of Moral Relativism in the Crimes and Misdemeanors by Woody Allen
This film study will analyze the important aspects of moral relativism that arise in the Woody Allen film Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). The role of Judah Rosenthal (Walter landau) describes the material facts that point to the validation of the murder of his mistress, Dolores (Anjelica Huston), to that of moral relativism throughout the film. Often, Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) suffers failure and setbacks by living via through moral objectivism, resulting in the film inadvertently rewarding the murder that Judah has committed.
The issue of moral relativism is one that provides a strong argument that Allen’s movie somehow supports the crime...
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.....llen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. While Allen does portray these two philosophical beliefs in the film, the success of moral relativism in the case of Judah clearly shows greater reward than Cliff’s morally objective goals in life. Not only does Judah have a mistress in addition to his wife., he is able to validate her murder when she threatens to reveal their adultery. These patterns show moral relativism triumphs over moral objectivism via Litch’s account of Allen’s film about crimes and misdemeanors and of those that are rewarded when they successfully escape punishment.
Works Cited
Litch
, Mary. Philosophy Through Film. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Crimes and Misdemeanors. Dir. Woody Allen. Perfs. Woody Allen, Walter Landau. USA; MGM, 1989.