I know -- I'm supposed to like 'Manhattan' more. I know -- this
straddles the line between homage and rip-off when it comes to
But it's so physically beautiful, and so full of unforgettable moments
of humor and heartbreak, that I can watch it over and over and just see
more and more in it. It's an odd, wonderful mix of sad, angry, surreal
and very funny. It's a chilling, hysterical look at the emptiness
of being famous, at what it means to not trust your own worth, what it
means to be scared of happiness.
The jump cut sequence with Charlotte Rampling is one of the best, most
incisive pieces of film-making I've ever seen. Period.
For me, it's a tragically underrated film. I'm thrilled to see it
getting support here. I guess it can be validly criticized, but my
emotional reaction to the nit-picking is 'who cares?' This is brave,
unique, special film-making in a world with far too little.
Horrifyingly, along with many other great Allen films (including Annie
Hall!) , it's currently out-of-print in North America on DVD. I can only hope
this means an upgraded re-release of these films is on the way, but
there's always a danger they're caught up in some kind of rights
battle. So if you want to own these classics, you might want to grab
some good used copies while you can. It is still available new from
Amazon UK if you have a region free player,