28 June 2010

Woody Allen: Day Eight

Manhattan is without a doubt one of Woody Allen's masterpieces. It is often referred to alongside Annie Hall. Both films star Allen and Diane Keaton in ill-fated romances. Annie Hall may have the quirky humour and quotable dialogue, but Manhattan is Woody Allen's homage to the city of New York with an incredible score by George Gershwin and a standout performance by Mariel Hemingway.

In Manhattan, Isaac (Woody Allen) is dating a seventeen year old high school student Tracey (Mariel Hemingway). His best friend Yale (Michael Murphy) is cheating on his wife Emily (Anne Byrne) with Mary (Diane Keaton). When Isaac meets Mary he is instantly put off, but a chance encounter at the Museum of Modern Art sparks his interest. He ends his relationship with Tracey in order to pursue Mary, believing that Tracey is too young for a serious relationship. The twisted relationships in the film include Meryl Streep as Isaac's former wife Jill and Wallace Shawn as Mary's ex-husband Jeremiah. The film is shot entirely in black and white and features beautiful shots of the city of New York, including the iconic image of the Queensboro bright, a scene that was once parodied on Family Guy.

My only wish is for Meryl Streep to appear in another Woody Allen film with a more substantial role!

Next up: Stardust Memories, Woody Allen's most polarizing film.

My list:
1. Manhattan
2. Annie Hall
3. Love and Death
4. Interiors
5. Sleeper
6. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
7. Take the Money and Run
8. Bananas
9. What's Up, Tiger Lily?

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