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Manhattan
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Feb 21, 2012 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Woody Allen

Actors:
Woody Allen
Mariel Hemingway
Diane Keaton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A writer (Allen) juggles his relationships with his lesbian ex-wife (Meryl Streep), his seventeen-year-old girlfriend (Hemingway) and his friend's lover (Keaton).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
One of the finest monologues in cinema comes from Woody Allens Manhattan. His character, writer Isaac Davis, rests on his couch with a tape recorder and ponders just what makes life worth it:

Why is life worth living? It's a very good question. Um... Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. UhLike whatokayumFor me, uhoohI would say... what, Groucho Marx, to name one thinguhumand Wilie Maysand umthe 2nd movement of the Jupiter Symphonyand umLouis Armstrong, recording of Potato Head BluesumSwedish movies, naturallySentimental Education by FlaubertuhMarlon Brando, Frank Sinatraumthose incredible Apples and Pears by Cezanneuhthe crabs at Sam Wo'suhTracy's face

And so here is a brief review of Manhattan, inspired by the above passage.

Why is Manhattan worth seeing? Its a very easy question to answer. Well, there are many aspects that make it worthwhile. For me, uhwhat, Allen himself, to name one thing. Umand interstellar perversionand umthe relationship that foretold his greatest controversyand umGeorge Gershwin, recording of Rhapsody in Blueumthe opening sequence, naturallythe Oscar-nominated screenplay by Allen and Marshall BrickmanuhDiane Keaton, Meryl Streepumthat exquisite black and white cinematography by Gordon Willisuhthe most optimistic line in any Allen film: Not everybody gets corrupted,...uhMariels face.

THE EXTRAS
Theatrical Trailer
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Released alongside Annie Hall, this Blu-ray of Manhattan is superb in every regard (except, of course, the expected lack of special features). MGM has done an incredible job at keeping the feel of Allens film and Gordon Willis cinematography both natural and faithful to how it was seen in 1979. As with Annie Hall, Allen admirers should trade in the 2000 DVD for this Blu-ray.
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