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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: simple, romantic, charming and fresh, never falling into unreasonable clichés while telling its story. Everything seems to work in this film, from the delicious dialogues which make 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…
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…
A few words on Manhattan:
There's not a soul on the planet who can hate the Rhapsody in Blue-New York love letter that opens up Manhattan. If there is then that person is probably an asshole. It's this segment of the film that puts Manhattan above all other Woody Allen films. It's not only mesmerizing and gleefully in love but it's the best way to put ones self into the mood for this film.
The rest of Manhattan is great as well. In fact, I would currently call it Allen's best film. This is my second time visiting Manhattan after about five years and it still feels as fresh and exuberant as ever. This is the type of film that…
Teeming with both genuine pathos and sheer hilarity, Manhattan is Woody Allen at the pinnacle of his considerable prowess and is only made more brilliant by its gorgeous cinematography and the beauty of the city is so dearly admires.
A Woody Allen classic filmed this time in black and white which doesn't detract from the film at all.Great performances by Woody himself but also featuring Diane Keaton and a young Meryl Streep.New York again is the backdrop and the movie might make you fall in love with New York as Woody's character mentions in the movie.Lots of dialogue but just the right movie length.Timeless classic
A near perfect film.
Lovely cinematography, but pretentious and self-serving.
The last exchange is masterful. Its full of pretense, but emotional and philosophical complexity as well. Its confused, exhausted, pathetic, romantic, casual, hopeless, existential, contradicting and waifish all simultaneously. Makes you wish that all romantic comedies were full of high-brow references and jazz symphonies.
I guess I'm an Annie Hall guy.
No soy muy fan de Woody Allen. Entre otras cosas, me gustó bastante la fotografía.
Después de ver esta, me comenzaron a obsesionar dos cosas: Nueva York y Rhapsody in Blue.
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