Manhattan – A stupendous movie about dating and relationships

This is a review of the Woody Allen movie ‘Manhattan’ (1979) I published a few years ago. I  just recently updated it, so I thought I would reblog it. I look forward to any comments you may have. Thank you for reading.

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ManhattanManhattan (1979) Woody Allen – IMDB Page

I can’t think of a more charming and thought provoking movie about dating and relationships than Manhattan.  It possesses such rich dialogue and probing commentary on the desperate nature of human beings in search of love. Also it demonstrates Woody’s unrequited love for Manhattan, which is substantiated in the introductory narration. Although I  haven’t been to Manhattan, I have read numerous accounts stating that Woody Allen has captured the essence of Manhattan in this movie. ‘This is what it feels like’; they say.  Through Allen’s lenses we are seeing how the City is supposed to be portrayed.

I was amused to see Woody Allen’s character Isaac sticking up for the ‘only genius’ he knows in Cinema – Ingmar Bergman. Referring to a new acquaintance who is the lover of his best friend,  Isaac says to his 17 year old girlfriend, ‘…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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12 comments on “Manhattan – A stupendous movie about dating and relationships
  1. badfinger20 says:

    I just watched Annie Hall the other night. I’ve seen this movie before but it’s been a while. I also like his early movies like Sleeper. I’ll add this one to the list to watch soon.

    • I haven’t seen Annie for too long to remember. I profess I haven’t seen much of old Allen. My old man was head over heals for The Purple Rose of Cairo which has been on my ‘to watch’ list forever. If you get round to seeing Manhattan let me know what you think. I really enjoyed his later movies like ‘Match Point’ and ‘Blue Jasmine’. I’d add them to your watch list if you haven’t seen them already. Cheers and thanks for popping by.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I’m not making this up… my son and I watched Annie Hall like I said…. I walked in the door a few minutes ago and he asked me if I wanted to see Manhattan tonight… I told him we might just do that.

      • Fantastic! I hope you do. Can’t wait to hear what you think and whether you think your enjoyment of it superseded Annie.

      • badfinger20 says:

        We just finished it… now we are watching Take The Money and Run…
        Manhattan was great. Mariel Hemingway was great as well as Diane Keaton. Loved the black and white and one of the best movie shots ever…Woody and Diane on the bench by the bridge..just a great shot.
        The movie sums up human spirit…you want what you can’t have.

      • You guys are big Allen film buffs! Take the Money and Run is very early Allen. Worth watching?
        I agree with your take on Manhattan and about the human spirit and all. I think I’m going to dust off my Manhattan disc and watch it again. It’s been too long.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Like his earlier films… it is more a gag film and silly at times. I like Bananas and Sleeper better…but it is good…It was a little too long though.
        My son loves classic films and he wanted to see some of Allen’s films. Annie Hall was the first for him so we will go through some of them coming up.

      • Add ‘Match Point’ and ‘Blue Jasmine’ to your list! I will definitely watch ‘Sleeper’ since you’ve now mentioned it twice.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Now remember…Sleeper is his comedian period…so it’s not serious but I like the gags.

      • OK, I’ll keep that in mind and let you know what I think. Cheers buddy.

  2. You have quite the movie critic analysis skills — very intelligently written! Thank you for the suggestion! 🙂

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