Manhattan

Manhattan

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Cast: Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway

     
 

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On the heels of Annie Hall, the Oscar-winning romantic comedy that rocketed Woody Allen to the front ranks of American filmmakers, Manhattan continued Allen's romantic obsessions in a slightly darker, more pessimistic vein. Allen stars as Isaac Davis, a TV comedy writer sick of the pap he is forced to churn out and harboring dreams of being the greatSee more details below

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On the heels of Annie Hall, the Oscar-winning romantic comedy that rocketed Woody Allen to the front ranks of American filmmakers, Manhattan continued Allen's romantic obsessions in a slightly darker, more pessimistic vein. Allen stars as Isaac Davis, a TV comedy writer sick of the pap he is forced to churn out and harboring dreams of being the great American novelist. His love life is in barbed-wire territory: he is tormented by his second ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep), a lesbian who has written a tell-all book about their marriage, and he is dating teenager Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), to whom he refuses to commit, and keeps hinting that a breakup may be imminent. Isaac's disillusioned (and married) best friend Yale (Michael Murphy) has begun an affair with the cerebral writer Mary Wilke (Diane Keaton). While Isaac makes a last minute, sink-or-swim decision to quit his job and devote all of his time to book writing, and neurotically moans about what the lack of a full time job will do to him ("My parents won't have as good of a seat in the synagogue," he moans. "They'll be far away from God... away from the action") Yale is crippled by his lack of resolve, as indicated by his inability to leave his wife Emily (Anne Byrne). Meanwhile, Isaac and Mary begin to fall for one another. Tracy then tells Isaac the basic truth that none of his hung-up friends and past lovers fully realizes: "You have to have a little more faith in people." Manhattan is both a seriocomic dissection of perpetually dissatisfied New Yorkers and an ode to the city itself, filmed in glorious black-and-white by ace cinematographer Gordon Willis, and set to a score of rhapsodic George Gershwin music.

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Woody Allen's valentine/ode to the city captures New York at its most iconic, framing its skyscrapers and other landmarks with lavish care and setting its pace to the rhythm of George Gershwin's melodies. In addition to being Allen's most visually striking film (thanks in large part to Gordon Willis' gorgeous black-and-white photography), Manhattan is also one of his most satisfying, considered by many his greatest achievement. A deeply funny exploration of love, guilt, and everything in-between, the film matches its humor with poignancy. Rather than provide caricatures of urban professionals who think too much for their own good, Allen gives us full-blooded individuals whose anxiety is matched only by their complexity. Even the most incidental, unseen characters, such as Mary's psychiatrist (who telephones her at 3 a.m., weeping) have a rare vibrancy and dimensions all their own. Many critics who reviewed Manhattan at the time of its release remarked that it reflected Allen's growth as a filmmaker, providing a more compassionate, clear-eyed exploration of themes that he had examined in Interiors and Annie Hall, his two previous efforts. Manhattan effectively promoted Allen to the upper echelons of the director/screenwriter realm; a triumphant synthesis of old-fashioned style and modern sensibility, it defined both a director and a genre, setting new standards for the urban comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
UPC:
0883904259671
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
24,468

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Isaac Davis
Diane Keaton Mary Wilke
Michael Murphy Yale
Mariel Hemingway Tracy
Meryl Streep Jill
Anne Byrne Emily
Karen Ludwig Connie
Michael O'Donoghue Dennis
Victor Truro Party Guest
Tisa Farrow Party Guest
Helen Hanft Party Guest
Bella Abzug Guest of Honor
Kenny Vance Television Producer
Charles Levin TV Actor No. 1
David Rasche TV Actor No. 3
Damion Sheller Isaac's Son, Willie
Wallace Shawn Jeremiah
Frances Conroy Shakespearean Actor
Bill Anthony Porsche Owner
John Doumanian Porsche Owner
Ray Serra Pizzeria Waiter
Gary Weis Television Director
Karen Allen TV Actor No. 2
Mark Linn-Baker Shakespearean Actor
Zubin Mehta Conductor
Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Fredric B. Blankfein Asst. Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Marshall Brickman Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Ralph Lauren Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Tom Pierson Musical Arrangement
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Juliet Taylor Casting
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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