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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…
“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…
A funny and authentic look at relationships from Woody Allen that takes place in a stunningly shot Manhattan. Seriously, the black-and-white cinematography is jaw dropping. It also has an amazing soundtrack and great performances. It's odd that Allen dislikes this so much.
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…
I shamefully admit that the only Woody Allen movie I have seen is last year's "Blue Jasmine". I really liked it and have been meaning to catch up on his earlier films ever since then. The task is very daunting though. The man makes a movie nearly every year. So I decided to start with "Manhattan" and I am sure glad I did.
It paints an enticing portrait of New York City. Through the great cinematography and the wonderful music, the city really came to life. I love the way that these characters interact and I love their views on life. The film is beautifully written.
The dialogue is witty, truthful, and honest. The last line of the movie has…
The plot and characters are despicable, but the dialogue is witty, and the cinematography is simply breathtaking.
Easily in the top 3 greatest Woody Allen films. There's no other piece of work in his filmography that has had such a clearly defined impact on pop culture. Amazing stuff.
Annie Hall may be his acknowledged masterpiece and I won't disagree but Manhattan is the one I fell in love with.
Wow, that is one of the best looking black and white movies I've ever seen. The opening, the bridge shot, all of New York is just a visual treat. Allen's writing is as sharp and hilarious as one might expect, but if you didn't like him before, you probably still won't after watching this. The acting is also very good, nailing the delivery needed for Allen's writing style. I especially liked Mariel Hemingway as the 17 year old Tracey. This isn't as good as Annie Hall in my opinion, but it is still pretty great.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(Aero Theatre, 35mm, 8 p.m.)
Possibly my favorite Woody Allen movie.
I don't see Manhatttan as an excellent movie, it has a good script and it gets better with the acting, but it feels slow and at the end, the story will feel a bit uninteresting
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