Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1979. Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions. Screenplay by Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman. Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Charles H. Joffe. Production Design by Mel Bourne. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Susan E. Morse. 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.