Manhattan #moviereview

Film 263 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1979’s “Manhattan”. This Woody Allen rom-com sees Allen as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer who dates a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway) but falls in love with his best friend’s (Michael Murphy) mistress (Diane Keaton). Unfortunately, due to the DVD I own being scratched to hell (the downside to buying things pre-owned) I had to switch the film off. However, I’m glad I did because I had no idea what was happening. First of, how you not deemed a creep/pervert for dating someone over double your age is bizarre to me. Second, the film seemed to just talk about anything. It was as if Woody told the camera crew to film everything while remembering at certain points to bring up the plot. You can clearly tell that this film took some inspiration from “Annie Hall” with the way they filmed it. The only different between the two is that this is in black and white while “Annie Hall” is in colour. Both have roughly the same cast and both are somewhat similar. Overall, I’m glad my DVD died on me. I watched roughly 25 minutes before the DVD went “You’ve seen enough”. Fun Fact of the film – Mariel Hemmingway, granddaughter of the famous writer, was just sixteen during the filming of “Manhattan”. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I managed to say while watching 1979’s “Manhattan”


Film – Manhattan
Year – 1979
Director – Woody Allen
Written by – Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Staring – Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway
IMDb Rating – 8/10
Length – 91 min (1h 31min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance

I feel like I’m gonna hate this
We open at Elaine’s Diner
And my DVD just skipped a scene
So… You don’t smoke?!? – But you’re smoking
Well… This is already creepy – A 42 year old dating a 17 year old
Don’t you hate it when your ex writes a book about your divorce
“Gossip is the new pornography”
I have no idea what they are talking about
Thanks DVD for saving me with that skipping
Woody is pretty much saying that their relationship won’t work out down the line
“You sound like the mouse in Tom & Jerry”
I know Woody’s character is called Isaac but I’m gonna keep calling him Woody
Why are we talking about plexiglas?
Don’t you hate art critics

TIME OUT – DVD keeps skipping.

And we’re back
What are they talking about?
Does everyone in Philadelphia believe in God?
Still have no idea what they’re talking about and I even have subtitles on
Welcome to “Human Beings WOW!”
This is the only thing I can agree with Woody – This scene at least
All good ideas come from drugs
So… Woody just quit his job over creativity?!?
Still have no idea what’s happening
At a Black Tie event at the art gallery
Wait… Woody thinks Nazis are coming to take over New Jersey?!?
How did they go from talking about Nazis to orgasms?
Well…. That just killed the conversation


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