This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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. - IMDb
On face value, Manhattan seems like it would be one of my favourite Woody Allen films. The character of New York, which is prominent in a couple of his movies, should make this all the more better.
It doesn't, and the film itself is a little bland.
Simplemente perfecta, no creo que sea capaz de cansarme de ella nunca.
Gosh, I'm torn here. I find that I don't like Allen's old movies nearly as much now as I did when they were new. On the other hand there are some wonderful actors doing a great job, especially Diane Keaton.
"Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Uh, no, let me start this over. Chapter One: He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York 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,…
Incredibly moving- this film somehow creates something epic and universal out of a very small, very insular story of convoluted romances, through the use of montages of New York set to Gershwin, gorgeous black-and-white imagery, heck, Allen and Keaton wandering through an exhibit of a Planetarium, the universe literally surrounding them. It's a wonderful experience, much recommended (I mean, of course, I gave it the highest grade I've ever given on this site).
Special notes to Mariel Hemingway, who creates such wells of emotion by playing -I don't know if I should even say "playing", maybe "inhabiting"- her character with such a refreshing absence of performance.
Cada trama e relação interpessoal nesse filme é maravilhosa, complexa e interessante.
Bonita, entrañable, divertida, inteligente.
Parecen cuatro adjetivos que podrían ser otros, pero pensándolo bien, ¿se le puede pedir más a esta película?
Don Woody Allen, señoras y señores.
lindo como ele consegue transformar até o excesso de carros (que chega a ser criticado no filme) em obra de arte
Funny and very intelligent, with a questionable central narrative. Definitely separating the art from the artist here
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