Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Film #3 of Florin's Recommendations
“I feel like we're in a Noel Coward play. Someone should be making martinis.”
Isaac Davies is the typical Woody Allen character, an underachieving intellectual who is not confident enough to do what he wants to do in life, someone who is living a romantically –and of course sexually- problematic life and seems to struggle with the endless complexities of human relationships, someone who has always been one step away from achieving success but the fear of rejection and the lack of confidence have kept him from reaching greatness and happiness, an individual who is desperately searching for the meaning of life in a time and place where things- thanks to modernization- are changing so…
Manhattan is the type of comedy I like: simple, romantic, charming and fresh, never falling into unreasonable clichés while telling its story. Everything seems to work in this film, from the delicious dialogues which make cultural references without exaggerating to its lovely direction. Beautifully shot in black and white, Manhattan is Woody Allen's love letter to New York, his beloved city, which he thought that was the perfect background for this story, and, god, he was right. The film is about a divorced television writer, who has ambitions to become a novel writer. He's a neurotic underachieving intellectual who's always changing his mind about love and who does not know what to do with his life. As always, Woody Allen…
From the stunning opening sequence with the familiar wail of 'Rhapsody in Blue', Woody Allen guides us round the nooks and crannies of his home city. His fractured voiceover introduces the city as one of the main characters; as complex, loveable and frustrating as the movie's human populous.
He introduces other cities this way in his later, 'European tour' movies, but he only ever gives us a tourist's picture postcard of the likes of London, Barcelona and Paris. Here, it is intensely personal. He is one tiny cell of New York's lifeblood, and New York flows similarly in his veins.
Take the famous shot from the poster: as self-absorbed, neurotic, inconsistent and maddeningly burdened with First-World problems Isaac, Mary and…
Woody Allen turns in another mostly romantic comedy with "Manhattan." A film about a man swinging between two relationships, "Manhattan" is full of wit and enough bite and subtle authenticism to make it stand out where other Allen comedies come off as artificial.
Like 1977's "Annie Hall," 1979's "Manhattan" is less about plot and more about characters and their idiosyncracies. Allen casts himself in the lead as a neurotic nebbish who can not decide between a 17-year-old girl and his best friend's mistress. Allen's protagonist bears an arrested arc, leaving love's lessons unlearned and changes unmade. The rest of the cast is filled out by a refreshingly real Diane Keaton as Allen's adult paramour, Muriel Hemingway as Allen's teen crush,…
“Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat—oh, I love this. New York was his town, and it always would be.”
Is life fundamentally sweet or sour? Depends on your point of view, I suppose. You get a new job, make a new friend, fall in love—life is honeyed and worth living. You lose that job, have a falling out with that friend, fall out of love—life is curdled and should be thrown out. The funny thing is, those circumstances don’t parcel themselves out discretely. They tend to coexist. You get a promotion but have a fight with your spouse about the…
I can't express anger. That's one of the problems I have. I grow a tumor instead.
Here Woody Allen goes past making a romantic/comedy and goes right into creating a new genre that should be called the neurotic/romance. While it's very comparable to Annie Hall to some degree the two films are very different beasts. While Annie Hall is about looking back on a failed relationship, Manhattan is an honest look at people sabotaging their own love life.
The film is populated by characters that should be unlikable. Their self-obsessed, materialistic and indulge their egos in thinking they are the personification of what New York intellectuals strive to be. Allen of course is able to shoehorn his tried…
Woody Allen's best movie
Practically flawless. Real people dealing with real problems through self-rationalization and deceit. We really hope our protagonist is sincere at film's end.
Not as immediate as Annie Hall although the cinematography is striking and, at times, glorious. It's a very good film, but having watching it for a third time, it takes a little too long for it to really get going and the romance between Allen and Hemingway is just creepy now. But it's still very enjoyable and often quite funny.
" I had a mad impulse to throw you down on the lunar surface and commit interstellar perversion"
Is there another movie out there that makes New York City look as beautiful as it truly is?
Big nose jew strikes again! This time with an autobiography expressing his love for children!
if this isn't a perfect movie, i don't know what is.
struck this time around by the darkness and the decision to have the camera turn away from the characters pretty regularly in mid conversation. the horse carriage scene comes to mind. the cut from hemingway's "i know what i want to do" to the shot of Central Park NY skyline with the horseshoe sound fx is just brilliant. Also love when characters just kind of walk into darkness and emerge from it. willis embraces the darkness (i know that's been said like a bajillion times) but here it is just so effective.
annie hall is a good movie and everything, but this is just so refreshing to see him…
The most common piece of advice given to film students and beginner screenwriters is "Have a plot.", and that has caused a wonderment on why anyone would make something without a substantial story. Who could inspire that? Where would they get the idea of using a wandering string of dialogue and events in place of a necessary diegesis? This is the answer.
Affluent, intelligent, emotional, and still wonderfully relevant, Woody Allen's Manhattan is a master work. As engaging as it is beautiful, it captures the effervescent daily lives of New York intellectuals and their Shakespearean pursuit of happiness and love. It tangles and untangles mistakes and revelations while maintaining authenticity.
The conversations shift from literature, to post-modern art, to the…
With its' lush black-and-white photography and soaring Gershwin score I wanted to really, really like this film but instead it was just the same old Woody Allen neuroses and didn't do much that Annie Hall hadn't already covered. It's got a score of wry observations, a fine ensemble cast and is consistently entertaining but I honestly expected more.
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