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  • Manhattan (1979)is a classic movie and considered widely to be one of the best from the director, Woody Allen

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      Manhattan (1979)is a classic movie and considered widely to be one of the best from the director, Woody Allen. This black and white film is one of my all-time favorites – both funny and also mature in its depiction of Allen’s character, Isaac, and his quest to find a meaningful relationship with a woman.

      With Gershwin’s music providing the soaring and triumphant soundtrack, and the magnificent, urban skyline of New York providing the backdrop to many of the scenes, this film has a wonderful


      composition and is neither too long and there are no parts that drag on.

      Diane Keaton plays the neurotic woman that Allen wants and so he encourages his 17 year old girlfriend whom he cannot take seriously, played by Mariel Hemingway, to go off and find someone of her own age, maybe called ‘Biff’ or ‘Scooter’ as he puts it. Keaton is fantastic – in this her character is more mature than Annie Hall and she is even more highly strung, but Isaac is ...


      • attracted. To make things even more complicated, she is the ex-partner of Isaac’s best friend.

        Mariel Hemingway is wonderful in this part as the opposite kind of character to Keaton’s character. Although she is young, she is not nuts like Keaton’ older character, but a level-headed, intelligent young woman. Isaac eventually starts to think he made a mistake letting her go.

        Meryl Streep is also fantastic in this as Isaac’s ex-wife, now writing a book about every sordid little detail of their marriage,

        and now living with her lesbian lover. Woody Allen is hilarious in his anxiety about this situation and the inadequacies he expresses as a man whose wife left him for another woman.

        The film is both very funny and moving. The soundtrack is wonderful and the stark black and white cinematography is stunning. Allen does not give his films Hollywood endings, and what happens at the end is, well, a bit like real life. A fantastic film – one of Allen’s best.




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