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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 catalog of Things that Make Life Worth Living. But Manhattan is also distinguished in the realm of home video as the first motion picture to be released only in a letterboxed version. You wouldn't want to see it any other way. 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 unsolvable, 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 favorite phrase is used to describe a piece of sculpture at the Guggenheim: "It has a marvelous kind of negative capability.") The movie'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved the opening monologue from this movie so much that I went to Youtube and downloaded it for my iPod. That was seven years ago, and I still watch it sometimes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nat Hawthorne
The CD - "Manhattan" was a gift for my husband. He listens to it everyday. He loves it.
This is how a black and white should be filmed. And in the perfect location. I'm not a Woody Allen fan but this is just simply an excellent film. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by J
Does it bother anyone else that in what the director himself cals an "idealized New York" there are never any people of color? Read morePublished on June 8 2004
I've read some great reviews on this film and agree with the ones that states that this is one of Woody's best. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Patrick D. Mayo
I am giving the Woody Allen classic "Manhattan" 5 stars here because it's a classic movie- despite the fact that the dvd has no bonus features other than the original... Read morePublished on March 8 2004
In 1979, Woody had the burden of trying to capture the "originality" of "Annie Hall," the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1977. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by David Kusumoto
Manhattan is a witty comedy-drama that most certainly ranks as one of Woody Allen's most aesthetically charming films. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by David L Rattigan