The 25 Greatest Jewish Characters in Movies

2. Woody Allen as Fielding Mellish in Bananas (1971)

Notable Jewish Moment: A Fellini-esque dream sequence in which Melvish gets carried on a cross through Manhattan by monks, who attempt to parallel park him. In other words, Manhattan Jewish neurosis at its most refined.
Classic Quote: "I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in braille. I used to rub the dirty parts."

Yeah, we know: It's not Alvy Singer. But the main character of Annie Hall—played by Allen, of course—is just one piece of that brilliant film's formula. Fielding Melvish of Bananas , on the other hand, is every single neurotic trait from all of Allen's more extreme characters rolled together into one man. He goes through some of the most absurd situations of any of Allen's characters. Like, for example, becoming the dictator of a South American country in order to impress a social activist he's trying to bed, and having his sex life narrated by Howard Cosell.

No, Bananas isn't on par with Annie Hall, or even Manhattan, but it does have Allen's funniest, weirdest, and most easily lovable hero.

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