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"Nominated for two Academy Awards in 1979, and considered 'one of Allen's most enduring accomplishments' (Boxoffice), Manhattan is a wry, touching and finely rendered portrait of modern relationships against the backdrop of urban alienation. Sumptuously photographed in black and white (Allen's first film in that format), and accompanies by a magnificent Gershwin score, Woody Allen's aesthetic triumph is a 'prismatic portrait of a time and a place that may be studied decades hence' (Time Magazine). 42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) has a job he hates, a seventeen-year-old girlfriend, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), he doesn't love, and a lesbian ex-wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage...and whom he'd like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend's sexy intellectual mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton), Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy, bedding Mary, and quitting his job are just the beginning of Isaac's quest for romance and fulfillment in a city where sex is as intimate as a handshake -- and the gateway to true a revolving door."--Container.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c2000
Branch Call Number: DVD MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : Dolby digital mono. sd., b&w ; 12 cm


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Jul 09, 2018

VERY GOOD 1979 b/w Woody Allen film with lots of fine cinematography and more.
I did enjoy watching the movie, but I didn't 'get' the point of what it was saying, if anything, about male-female relationships via the several rather whack ones between the various characters in the film.
Maybe it was a New York thang - and I'm West Coast...

Feb 02, 2018

One of the best from Woody Allen.

Apr 12, 2017

There have been a few Woody Allen movies on the tube recently, and not being that interesting themselves, I researched what people think is a great work of his, and chose to watch this one.
After having viewed Manhattan, I do have to say OMG if Woody has the reputation of an "intellectual", I feel sorry for America! Jokes are terrible like " I've never had a relationship last longer than Hitler and Eva Braun's.." ba dum da ts. On par with " Take my wife, please."... If Woody is an "intellectual", his doctorate was obtained through nightly visits to the local adult book store! Movie contains continual references to all sexual subjects, ideas, people were aware of in 1979. .(example: Diane Keaton has her dog, Woody turns this into an implication of bestiality.....) and Woody cannot stop either directly stating or implying how great he is in bed. I counted at least 6 times he did that in this movie ....Slow clap.
Now the movie does have good cinematography, and fine music, and is better than perhaps a modern braindead film, but nevertheless I see no point in watching this film. It's boring and non funny, and yeah, I understand where he's going with a joke, but his jokes continually come across as sophomoric drivel. Avoid.

Mar 13, 2017

I actually couldn't even finish watching it... Poorly paced; not particularly funny; just not really worth watching.

Jan 03, 2017

This is a great film. Best scene is when he recalls why life is worth living: Groucho Marx, and Willie Mays, and the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, and Louie Armstrong’s recording of “Potato Head Blues,” Swedish movies, naturally, “Sentimental Education” by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne, the crabs at Sam Wo’s, Tracy’s face …

Dec 13, 2016

Woody Allen's masterpiece!

btmslt Apr 22, 2013

One of Woody's better films.

Megmac12 Jun 04, 2012

Really one of the better shot films Ive seen. Love the last line

aaa5756 Jul 03, 2011


Oct 14, 2010

Lovely scenery, decent soundtrack but not much else going for it. Slightly disturbing to see a 42 year old Woody Allen sleeping with a 17 year old girl.

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