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8.3
/10
14,731 Ratings

Manhattan

Directed by Woody Allen
United States, 1979
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

A love letter to NYC that explores the neurotic life and loves of a twice-divorced comedy writer, played by Allen himself. After his wife leaves him for another woman, Issac must choose between his young and earnest girlfriend Tracy or his best friend’s ex-mistress, the pseudo-intellectual Mary.

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Manhattan Directed by Woody Allen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1980 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

2001 | Winner: National Film Registry

Woody Allen’s first film in CinemaScope—but not his last evocation of classic black-and-white cinematography (ZELIG, BROADWAY DANNY ROSE, etc.)—this remains the most commercially successful film of his career and, for many fans, his high watermark as well. A comedy-drama about romance versus practicality, this has a host of sophisticated one-liners and a lot of asides about the beauty of New York City.
June 02, 2017
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What results is a kind of photographic negative of the comparably more pastel-hued Annie Hall, a mellow, grayscale romantic melodrama with a liberal dosage of one-liners that would be taken for chemical impurities if the film weren’t also manifestly abstracted by Gordon Willis’s world-class black-and-white cinematography.
March 05, 2017
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[The 4K restoration] looks spectacular. And the film itself, which I had prepared myself to look at with a gimlet and/or jaundiced eye (I didn’t much like its situational sexual ethics when I saw the movie for the first time, as a pup of 19), worked on me like I had not expected at all. It’s a really well-constructed film, and the final lines, delivered beautifully by Mariel Hemingway (she and Diane Keaton are the movie’s strongest performers), actually choked me up.
September 07, 2016
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