The film Crimes and Misdemeanors, By Woody Allen is a film with a variety of characters who portray different perspectives. With the main theme of the film being truth, whether it is morally right or wrong, is a subject that most of the characters can't grasp on to. The characters that seem to be the most truthful have the most to hide, where as the characters that are made out to be liars, or who are morally wrong are really the honest ones.
What is the difference between honesty and integrity? Is it better to be honest, or to have integrity? Is it possible to have qualities of both? According to Stephen Carter's article "The Insufficiency of Honesty" there is a big difference between honesty and integrity. Any person can be honest and completely lack integrity. An example used by Carter, is where a man who is on his deathbed confesses to his wife that he was unfaithful in the early years of their marriage (Carter 17). In this example, the man is being honest, but is completely lacking integrity. The man was honest because he finally told his wife the truth, but lacked integrity, because he told her the truth so he could "die in peace." But, the man is lacking integrity because, now at this point of grievance, he is putting more pain on his wife, who now has to live with the fact that her husband who is dying has cheated on her in the past. This act of honesty proves to lack all integrity, because the man is being honest just to feel better about him, and he really doesn't care about how his wife feels. .
In Crimes and Misdemeanors, Judah, the successful eye doctor with a loving wife and a beautiful daughter seems to be someone that everyone looks up to. Though we really find out that Judah has a mistress and has had this mistress for several years. Ironically, the most honest seeming person is living a lie that could possibly ruin his life. Looks can be deceiving. After Ben, a rabbi and a longtime friend of Judah's seems to give him an option on what to do about the situation, Judah takes a very extreme measure to fix the problem of his mistress.