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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…
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…
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,…
“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 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…
Subdued but sharp humor. Great acting and writing. Breathtaking shots. New York is beautiful.
Don't be so mature.
Die Chemie zwischen Woody Allen in seiner fast schon typischen Rolle und Diane Keaton funktioniert wie ein Schweizer Uhrwerk und neben den beiden können sich vor allem eine zauberhafte Meryl Streep und Mariel Hemingway in der typischen Frauenrolle in einem Woody Allen-Film auszeichnen.
It's been a couple of years since my last watch, but this is still a beautiful masterpiece. In my Top 5 Woody Allen movies and Top 5 Gordon Willis movies for sure.
Going into it, I wanted and expected to see a loving tribute to the greatest city in the world. I'll put it to you this way, the first scene is by far, the greatest use of New York City in film history. The movie that follows, doesn't quite live up to that. I remained interested, but I couldn't help but be repulsed by these overly privileged New Yorkers. Woody's character was the worst of them all. I hated him in this. He's literally romancing a child. This is the closest we're ever going to get to seeing Woody Allen's pedophilia in action. Not only that, it seems to be all about him here, more so than Annie Hall. If it weren't for the incredible backdrop, I would care less about everything.
Aewsome, best photography i saw on a movie of Woodyw
This just didn’t hit me at the right time. There’s a clarity about the age difference romance that’s lacking in Allen’s later films, but, boy, are these fucked-up people just not that interesting to begin with. I totally get the sense that were I to watch this in a different mood, I’d like it a lot more, and there were definitely things I appreciated here (it’s pretty much Peak Keaton, and Streep is wonderful as Allen’s ex-wife), but at first blush it didn’t do as much for me as I was expecting.
The opening, where Isaac (Woody Allen) drafts his opening chapter over black and white footage of New York and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is one of my favourite film openings ever. The rest of the film is also beautiful (staying black and white was a great move) with the sharp tones and wonderfully lit (or underlit) scenes. Not his funniest film, but probably his best.
'Chapter One. He adored Woody Allen. He idolized him all out of proportion.' Uh, no, make that: 'He-he romanticized it all out of proportion. OK... To him, no matter what the Woody Allen film was, this was a film that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.' Uh, now let me start this over...
'Chapter One: He was too romantic about Woody Allen, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, Woody Allen meant beautiful women and street smart guys who seemed to know all the angles.' Ah, corny, too corny for, you know, my taste. Let me, let me try…
Upon re-watching, Manhattan went from a 3 star movie to a 4.5 star movie. It really is the kind of movie you have to pay attention to, not just one you can stick on in the background.
Believe me, give this movie the attention it desires, and it will repay you. Fantastic. I really have changed my opinion of the work of Woody Allen.
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