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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: neurotically simple simple, romantic, charming and fresh, never falling into unreasonable clichés while telling its story. Everything seems to work in this film, from the delicious dialogue which makes 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,…
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…
Everyone talks about Annie Hall as the Big Leap Forward in terms of Woody Allen's approach to his stories, but this is arguably an even bigger leap. Obviously, it's less gag-based than the early, funnier movies or Annie Hall, but more than that, it's the approach to its gags that differentiates it from its predecessors. In those movies, the Woody character cracked all kinds of jokes, and the audience laughed, and maybe even the other characters laughed too. But here, Isaac cracks a one-liner and we laugh, then a character criticizes him for not taking the situation seriously, and then we realize that they're right. Isaac, and Alvy Singer, and probably the Woody characters before them are using those witty…
“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…
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,…
I've loved this movie since the first time I saw it but I found myself laughing at some of Isaac's remarks even more this time around than I ever did before. I'm not complaining.
Not my favorite Woody (that would be Stardust), not his most rounded (that would be Annie), but definitely his masterpiece.
I come to appreciate this film more and more every time I revisit it. First saw it as a teen and everything flew over my head. Hadn't had much life experience at that point, ya know? It was boring.
One day in my early '20s it clicked for me viewing it at the New Bev. That last Tracy line. Had me in tears.
Gordon Willis. Just beautiful photography.
In essence -- I think what this picture is trying to say as a whole, is that our tiny egotistical insignificant bullshit issues are just that... insignificant. Willis frames each setting within…
"Forget it Woody, it's Manhattan" - famous quote from Manhattan
The uneventful nature of the story can wear you down late at night, but this is truly an enjoyable film. Real rich dialogue with hilarious performances from Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are ever-present. This is a classic five-bagger. Just like Annie Hall, New York is shot with an endearing eye, and all of the conversation scenes (basically the whole movie) are fun to follow. Show your friends this one.
Mi problema con Woody Allen es que siempre hace el mismo estilo de películas y todos lo alaban al respecto.
Silly creppy guy, circulo de amigos snobs sé hacer referencias a libros, pintores (usted elija el mame), terminando con tengo un problema porque no puedo elegir entre mi antigua mujer o mi actual mujer, meh.
En fin, aparentemente no entiendo la critica social al mame.
Las dos estrellitas son porque Nueva York es hermoso y lo retrata como tal.
Woody Allen had sex with a minor and here's a movie about a character (played by Woody Allen) who dates a minor. Write what you know I guess
Beautifully shot. But the story was lacking compared to his others I've seen.
Wow. This is definitely a Woody Allen film. But it's one of his better ones, where he properly channels his anxieties/fears into a mixture of his natural human love for the city, the life around him, and himself. This is all balanced with gorgeous cinematography and direction that is unique to him along with genuine performances from Allen, Keaton, and Streep (?!). There's not much to complain about with regards to "Manhattan". It really is an exceptional film that fans of his will truly enjoy and appreciate it.
It's shot so beautifully and the comedy really works in a lot of places, I just can't find it in myself to like these characters.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!