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Manhattan [DVD] [1979]

Woody Allen , Diane Keaton , Woody Allen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TT7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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Manhattan [DVD] [1979] [DVD] (2000) Woody Allen; Diane Keaton; Mariel Hemingway

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allen's Masterpiece 11 April 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I never tire of this film 27 Oct 2011
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
- 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Anthem 20 Aug 2014
An unattractive middle-aged writer who is going out with a sixteen year old girl makes a bad career move, dumps the teenager, runs off with his best friend's mistress who promptly dumps him forcing the writer to crawl back to the sixteen year old.

This less than magnificent plot conceals one of the most joyous anthems ever made to a city and its people. In Allen's hands, this banal plot is simply a route map from one fascinating Manhattan locale to another. Gordon Willis' fabulous cinematography combined with George Gershwin's music carries the film.

If the script and cast were all awful (which they aren't) the film could be imagined as the greatest documentary ever made. For it is the very ghastliness of the characters and their lives that leads us away from character toward the physical world they inhabit.

As in all of Allen's films, in spite of the ugly ensemble, there is always something touching about the filmmaker's honest and fearless confrontation of the human truth that people make terrible messes of their lives.

The ultimate triumph of the film is the vastness of the Manhattan landscape that, like some man made nature, seems to overcome their messes, ultimately redeeming their small transgressions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oh if only I could do it too 23 Mar 2010
wonderfully written ...sumptuously shot in black and white shots and angles any directer would love to have been the first to use ... first class witty and humorous dialogue.. acting that you don't see very often from all of the cast and to top it all off Gershwin orchestrated beautifully in the back ground
what more could you ask for ?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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When Woody Allen won the Oscar (in abstentia) for writing and directing "Annie Hall," which also won the Oscar for Best Picture, it was assumed the stand-up comic turned auteur had reached the pinnacle of his career. Then Allen proceeded to go out and make an even better film with his next effort, "Manhattan." Filmed in glorious black & white (and widescreen) by the great cinematographer Gordon Willis, the opening sequence combining indelible images of New York City with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is a paean to city Allen loves and the most rhapsodical sequence in any of his films.
Rather than talking about the plot per se, "Manhattan" is best explained as a convoluted series of wrecked and ruined relationships centering around Allen's character, Isaac Davis. Isaac is divorced from Jill (Meryl Streep), who is now living with Connie (Karen Ludwig), and planning to write an expose on her marriage. Isaac is having an affair with 17-year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), but then he meets Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend Yale (Michael Murphy), who is married to Emily (Anne Byrne). Ultimately, however, this is not a film about love, but rather a film about loss, because you just know that forced to make choices, Isaac is going to make the wrong ones. Tracy and Mary are characters constructed as such polar opposites and it never dawns on Isaac to focus more on what each has than on what they lack.
Of course, today this film is obviously open to reinterpretation given Allen's very public personal life and it is now assumed that the Isaac-Tracy relationship was a sign of things to come rather than a dramatic construction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Arguably the best film he did, the best film of the seventies, the best film about New York?? You decide. Its funny, quick, beautiful, romantic, entertaining etc. Read more
Published 23 days ago by D. Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic film for those who can separate Allen's recent home life from his skill at film making.
Published 1 month ago by Dr. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film!
Published 1 month ago by sharon goodeve
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
An iconic film . Probably Woody Allen's best piece. If you are not familiar with his oeuvre you should start here.
Published 3 months ago by j f masson
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece indeed
I have always loved Woody Allen and used to think Annie Hall was his best work but after third viewing I can see more and more nuances in this piece. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Reef
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
Prompt delivery and very good value. A very easy and effective way to buy great films. This film is brilliant and I had bought it as
a birthday present for a friend who had... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael in Germany
3.0 out of 5 stars classic but visually SD was not great
The film itself is a classic must see depicting the. Neurotonic brilliance and lunacy of the intelligentsia of New York society. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arash
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What an opening scene! Came quickly and in good nick, amazingly I've never seen this before, but had the music
Published 4 months ago by chezscouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A msterpiece
A masterpiece, and quite unlike any other film i have ever seen. Excellent acting, direction and cinematography; what more xould you want. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. D. Brand
5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To Have A Little Faith In People observes Mariel Hemingway’s (now) 18-year old student, Tracy, to Woody Allen’s 'failing’ writer, Isaac Davis, to conclude Allen’s 1979 masterpiece in what is, for me, one of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Keith M
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