When questioned about the title of Bananas, Woody Allen explained it was
“because there are no bananas in it.” Allen’s 1971 Marx Brothers homage and clever satire of Latin American revolution stars Allen as the (of course) neurotic product-tester Fielding Mellish who travels to the small country of San Marcos in order to
impress his (of course) just post-pubescent squeeze. Soon, after falling in with the opposition forces and undergoing the requisite rebel training montages, he bumbles his way into becoming surely the most anxiety-ridden president ever. Tonight, another New Yorker—Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes—will discuss the film and, we can only imagine, announce plans to take over a small South American country of his own.
Thu., March 28, 7 p.m., 2013