Love and Death (writ & dir: Woody Allen, 1975) is one of the "early,
funnier films" from my favourite director. For unfathomable
reasons, it's rarely mentioned in discussions of Allen's work,
although it probably includes more good jokes than the wonderful
The script ironizes scenarios and philosophical questions posed in Russian literature (Dostoyevsky, Checkhov and Tolstoy) to great effect, ultimately coming to the conclusion that love and death are the only important things in life.
Allen plays the unwilling war hero, constantly thrust into (farcical) positions he'd rather not be in. With hilarious results, as they say.
Boris: If it turns out that there IS a God, I don't think that he's evil. I think that the worst you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.