Friday, December 18, 2009

Revival: Manhattan

This week's revival: Woody Allen's MANHATTAN.

Show Times:
Saturday, December 19 at Noon
Monday, December 21 at 7 PM
Wednesday, December 23 at 9 PM
(No Thursday Show)

1979 Dir. Woody Allen. Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep. Cinematography, Gordon Willis. 96m. bw. CinemaScope. 35mm.

"Woody Allen's 1979's bittersweet mash note to the city features gorgeous widescreen black-and-white photography from Gordon Willis and a fabulous cast. TV writer Isaac (Allen) chases love and sex with teenaged Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), but it's the neurotic Mary (Diane Keaton) who comes between him and his best friend. Hopelessly romantic, unabashedly nostalgic, and comically self-reflexive, at this point Manhattan is the most quintessentially Woody Allen of his career, being explicitly about relationships--to each other, to movies--and how they shape the self. It remains an entertaining treat." (City Paper)

"Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity (1979). The story is La Ronde with a thrown cog, as Allen's Isaac Davis, a television writer with serious aspirations, turns among three women (Mariel Hemingway, Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep), his spin impelled by best friend Michael Murphy. The script is funny and observant, full of shocks of recognition..." (Dave Kehr)

"The only truly great American movie of the 1970s. A masterpiece that has become a film for the ages by not seeking to be a film of the moment." (Andrew Sarris)

"The Woody Allen movie where it all came together. The city is gorgeously rendered by cinematographer Gordon Willis; the apartments are lovingly cluttered with cultural detritus; the mainly East Side locations have been fastidiously selected. Every line is a one-liner, but the dialogue flows擁t's not only funny but also seamless." (J. Hoberman)

"Stunningly Beautiful! Woody's supreme masterpiece!" (Time Out New York)

The most refined distillation of Woody Allen's sensibility and his best film." (NY Magazine)

Interview with cinematographer Gordon Willis

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