Manhattan (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1979.  .  Screenplay by Woody Allen, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1979.  National Board of Review Awards 1979.    New York Film Critics Awards 1979.  

Woody Allen creates a tribute to the Big Apple, to romance, to movies and to the love of love itself with this dreamy film. He plays a writer working on his first big novel whose affair with a precociously intelligent teenager (Mariel Hemingway) is interrupted by a sexy, grown woman (Diane Keaton) who may just be the love of his life. He also has to factor in his ex-wife (Meryl Streep), who left him for another woman, and the jealousy he feels over the other men in Keaton’s life, all of which are perfectly balanced by the sterling-silver screenplay. The gorgeous black-and-white photography by Gordon Willis shows New York at its loveliest, while the performances shine and Allen’s delightful sense of romance will send you home humming.

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