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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.
[originally written on my blog]
I don't understand how you make a film that looks like this and then go on to make 32 subsequent films (and counting) that look nothing like this. But then, neither do I understand how you achieve the perfect synthesis of your many gifts and somehow conclude that you totally whiffed, to the point where you beg the studio to destroy the negative. Each of the film's tricky balancing acts—between visual beauty and verbal dexterity, between wit and pathos, between the specific and the universal—couldn't be more sublimely realized; like most every masterpiece, it's a tiny, insular story that nonetheless embodies human folly at its most ubiquitous and grandiose. That Woody chooses to make…
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,…
Few will deny that Woody Allen, as a director, is formulaic as fuck, especially thematically as nine out of ten of his pictures revolve around male-female romances with some oddity about them - often triangular or double-triangular to add extra conflict. Personally though, I really don’t mind since the format appeals to me and Woody’s releases, even his newest, manage to inflict on me the emotions they attempt to inspire: a smile, a bit of warmth and light upset due to characters’ choices and habits. Manhatten, following his most acclaimed feature Annie Hall, may as one of his earliest efforts have rolled out the red carpet for his impressive filmography and this fact is obvious from its romantic-comedy structure. Yet,…
“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…
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…
I’ve lost count of how many times I have viewed this wonderful and wistful Woody Allen film. Manhattan is truly one of my all-time favorite films.
The combination of beautiful cinematography and music gives me goosebumps. The music is all Gershwin played gorgeously by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta. From the opening and closing scenes featuring “Rhapsody in Blue” to all of the greatest Gershwin songs like “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “I’ve Got a Crush On You”, “He Loves and She Loves”, “Oh, Lady Be Good”, “S’Wonderful”, and “Love is Here to Stay”, each song is perfectly placed in this gem of a movie. For instance, we hear “Strike up the Band” as…
"My analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful I got another analyst."
Sure, Woody Allen being in love with a 17 year old might be a little odd, but this is a nice story with some nice romance, and a little message about nothing ever working out the way you want it to.
It was an okay film. I feel that it was about elitists and other stuff.
brilliant cinematography. Im watching movies after a long time so with all the sleep deprivation and stuff,this might not be the best judgment of the movie right now...so I will watch it later for sure..but for now 3.5/5 and this movie reminded me a lot of annie hall as well!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Woody Allen made slapstick comedies in the late 60s and early 70s. He made deadpan, Swedish inspired dramas in 80s. And he’s spent the last 30 years oscillating from beloved “returns to form” and supposed “pale imitations of his former greatness”. But in over half a century of film making, it’s amazing to me that he made what are commonly regarded has his two absolute masterpieces in such close proximity to each other. There was Annie Hall in 1977, then, just two years later, he blew everyone away even more, with Manhattan.
Struggling with writers block, the voiceover of Isaac (Allen) tries to define his love for the titular city and his place in it. Cut to the 42 year…
Found a lot of this really skin-crawling and hard to enjoy considering all the stuff that has come out about Woody Allen in the past few years, especially with so much in this movie involving underage girl. Plus the "character" that he plays here is pretty much disgusting and despicable, which I get is kind of the point, but I still found it hard to relax into. Apart from that it was fine, Woody Allen's style of filmmaking really isn't for me but it was interesting regardless.
5 out of 5 (A)
Uniamo le sequenze iniziali e finali di ogni film in una sola categoria e facciamone un Oscar (migliore sequenza finiziale, inale...una roba così) e poi diamolo a vita a Manahattan.
In mezzo, scrittura e fotografia di livello assoluto.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…