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Manhattan [DVD] [1979]


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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Jack Rollins, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) is a TV writer, frustrated in both career and his lovelife. An on-off affair with teenage drama student Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) is blighted by his anxiety about their age difference, whilst his attraction to the pretentious Mary (Diane Keaton) is complicated by the fact that she is already having an affair with his married friend Yale (Michael Murphy). Meanwhile, his lesbian ex-wife (Meryl Streep) prepares to dish the dirt about their marriage in a forthcoming book. Often cited as Allen's masterpiece, 'Manhattan' features a George Gershwin soundtrack.

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Manhattan, Woody Allen's follow-up to Oscar-winning Annie Hall, is a film of many distinctions: its glorious all-Gershwin score, its breathtakingly elegant black-and-white, widescreen cinematography by Gordon Willis (best-known for shooting the Godfather movies); its deeply shaded performances; its witty screenplay that marked a new level in Allen's artistic maturity; and its catalogue of Things that Make Life Worth Living. Allen's "Rhapsody in Gray" concerns, as his own character puts it, "people in Manhattan who are constantly creating these real, unnecessary, neurotic problems for themselves, because it keeps them from dealing with more insoluble, terrifying problems about the universe". It's a romantic comedy about infidelity and betrayal, the rules of love and friendship, young girls (a radiant and sweet Mariel Hemingway) and older men (Allen), innocence, and sophistication. (a favourite phrase is used to describe a piece of sculpture at the Guggenheim: "It has a marvellous kind of negative capability".) The film's themes can be summed up in two key lines: "I can't believe you met somebody you like better than me", and "It's very important to have some kind of personal integrity". OK, so they may not sound like such sparkling snatches of brilliant dialogue, but Manhattan puts those ideas across with such emotion that you feel an ache in your heart. --Jim Emerson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Chekhov always insisted that his plays were comedies, but clearly they are almost sui generis -- as painful (or more) as they are funny. Their characters' self-absorption and social cluelessness resemble to some extent those of Woody Allen's modern New Yorkers. Needy, tending towards living in illusions, narcissistic, highly verbal, intellectually pretentious -- the parallels are striking, and if I'm right, "Manhattan" (1979) is a perfect example of Allen's neo-Chekhovism. It's often referred to as Allen's best movie, and though I haven't seen enough to know whether that's the case or not, it certainly is striking. First of all, it's visually striking, shot in black-and-white by Gordon Willis, to capture a kind of somber beauty of both the vistas and the streets and buildings of the city. Not since "High Noon," maybe, has there been a B&W movie that looked so good. And along with the visual beauty goes music by Gershwin that calls up suggestions of a rich cultural life, sometimes somber too, but also substantive and satisfying. These visual and musical elements stand in an ironic relationship to what else is on the soundtrack -- the whiny natter of narcissism, from people whom culture, education , and reasonable economic security have failed to make happy -- people who seem incapable of being conscious of anything but their their own lack of satisfaction and all of whose energies seem taken up with kvetching about how unsatisfied they are. The source of their dissatisfaction is . . . other people. They can't get other people to arrange their lives and feelings to fit in with their needs, and so relationships come across as shallow and disposable, things that can be thrown away and perhaps or perhaps not might be taken up again up again.Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2007
Format: DVD
Although this is not Woody Allens funniest film, it is his best and its one of the best films ever made. It is funny though, but not in the same way as his 'early funny' ones!

Woody Allen's brilliant writing is there right from the start of the film as we listen to Issac's (Woodys character) opening monologue rewritten over and over, to a selection of stunning images of New York.

The film is in black and white and all the better for it. Somehow the cinematographer Gordon Willis has captured everything that is beautiful about New York in this film. The use of music is also key to this film. Its nearly all George Gershwin and the combination has never been matched in the history of cinema.

The plot is tangled web of Issacs relationships with women, and as you'd expect with Woody Allen its never quite right. The leading women in the film, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep (who is vicious) and Mariel Hemingway are all superb. In the end Issac has to make a decision over who he really wants to be with and this leads to two great scenes which unless you were born with your heart removed will leave you choked.

This is a truly great film in all respects and is an essential addition to any film fans collection. Sadly there are no extras with the DVD, but it is widescreen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Sample on 27 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
I watched this film probably once every two/three years since I don't know when . I love how it's filmed in monochrome & the style of how it's filmed , some frames would make great photographs , the subtle humour & of course the music , its trademark Woody Allen , some people hate his films but to me he has always been my favorite director & actor . There must be many directors who would love to add this great film to their portfolio . Woody has been quoted that he never watches a film after it's been produced he just moves on to his next project ,but he should be especially proud of this one .
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Markham on 1 April 2005
Format: DVD
- according to American film critic ANDREW SARRIS. Granted, this is high praise indeed! But once you surrender swiftly to WOODY ALLEN's most achingly romantic, poignant film, listen to the lush and beautiful GEORGE GERSHWIN music score, marvel at GORDON WILLIS' shimmering monochrome photography of the Big Apple at its most seductive, and I guarantee you will find it very hard to disagree with Sarris' famous comment.
Add in to the mix DIANE KEATON and MARIEL HEMINGWAY at their (respectively) funniest and most youthfully heart-warming, some of the sharpest, most hilarious ALLEN dialogue on celluloid ("he had...the sexual prowess of a coiled jungle cat"!!), and, quite frankly film fans, you simply MUST have this wonderful film in your collection.
Finally, before I really do over-eulogise over WOODY's masterpiece (a minority view but one I've held for 25 years) it is also worth noting that ALLEN's portrait of middle-class New York life remains unsurpassed. For those of you fortunate enough to have visited this great city, you will instantly recognise both the well known landmarks and, and quite probably, even some of the lesser known but distinctly recognisable MANHATTAN nightclubs, cafes and other locations that give the Big Apple its lasting charm and character.
Watch this film and cherish it's swooning romanticism and sharp analysis of middle class intellectual life; you will be delighted and want to watch it every time you see or read anything about NYC again...
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