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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,…
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…
Just so wonderfully Woody.
Keaton is magnetic, Allen is hilarious and New York is beautiful. I don't think I need anymore reasons to love Manhattan!
You know what's wrong with Woody Allen? He stopped shooting his movies with Gordon Willis.... Among other things.
The first time I viewed "Manhattan" in high school, it repulsed me in a way that I couldn't put into words. After giving it a second look, I now see that I perceived it to be Allen's declaration of his own self-absolution, an embracing of his deeply flawed nature (the 17 year-old love interest specifically), when in actuality it proves to be less of Allen forgiving himself of his sins and more of his own self-flagellation. The perfect rendering of New York, the sentimental and nostalgic social-construct of an idea of New York, is intoxicating and emotionally mirrors his sense of self, the two irreparably fused and co-dependent at the same time. With a bittersweet tone, wealth of critical insight, and impeccable production, "Manhattan" is a masterpiece, and rivals only the great "Annie Hall" for the title of Allen's most perfect work.
Manhattan is very much in the same vein as Woody Allen's Annie Hall, though perhaps a little rougher round the edges despite being released two years after his Best Picture winning classic.
Allen's real talent is in script writing and Manhattan is no exception. Everything from what is the expectable age gap allowed between partners to where's the best place to sit in a Jewish synagogue is touched upon and it's all handled with Allen's wonderful insight and charismatic wit.
Similarly to Annie Hall I loved both Allen's character and his acting, he's the real star of the show though Meryl Streep does come awfully close to topping him as his ex wife that has written a tell all book…
Woody Allen's seminal Manhattan may appear on face value to be a romantic comedy that is concerned only with the tumultuous love life of a divorced television writer (played by Allen himself) and the eclectic cast of people that inhabit his life; however, when you scratch the surface you can see that the films' characters make up only a small part of the love letter that Allen is sending.
The director (and co-writer) presents the crux of this story to the audience right from the get go, as his character, Isaac, stumbles to find an adequate description of his relationship with the city in which he lives. This is a conundrum that is then extended to his personal life, as…
Two stars for the cinematography and music. Otherwise it's the usual self-indulgent and ego-inflating gunk. And in addition, that relationship with Mariel Hemingway is actually creepy.
Also, Meryl Streep didn't get an Oscar nomination for her role? Shocker...
Absolutely magnificent. Woody Allen is mesmerising.