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Manhattan [DVD] [Checkpoint; Sensormatic; Widescreen]

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  • Theatrical Release: March 1979 Filmed on location in New York City. The opening montage includes a lingering shot of Yankee Stadium, which is actually in the Bronx. MANHATTAN includes the famous shot of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton sitting on a bench with the 59th St. Bridge looming above them. Among the famous New York institutions in the film are Elaine's, the Museum of Modern Art, Zabar's, Bloomingdale's, the Russian Tea Room, the Hayden Planetarium, Central Park, and the Dalton School. There's a cameo by former New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug as the guest of honor at the museum party. MANHATTAN is one of the only Woody Allen films in which the Woodman smokes a cigarette and has a child (one not necessarily leading to the other). "It's like a mixture of what I was trying to do with ANNIE HALL and INTERIORS," Allen told interviewer John Fordham, referring to MANHATTAN. Among the films referenced in the film are Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Inagaki's CHUSHINGURA, Dovzhenko's EARTH, Renoir's GRAND ILLUSION, and Bergman's THE SILENCE. MARRIAGE, DIVORCE & SELFHOOD is the name of the book that Jill Davis (Meryl Streep) writes about her marriage to Isaac. Among the things that Isaac lists as what makes live worth living are Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, Swedish movies, SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, and Frank Sinatra. Mary's (Diane Keaton) dog is named Waffles. Allen won the 1979 Best Director Award from the New York Film Critics. MANHATTAN won the Best Picture Award from the National Board of Review, as well as the 1979 Worst Film of the Year Award from the Harvard Lampoon. The screenplay was nominated for an Oscar; Mariel Hemingway was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award. Hemingway received the 1979 Best Supporting Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review. Diane Keaton won the 1979 Best Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics. Songs written by George Gershwin appearing in the film include "Rhapsody in Blue," "Love Is Sweeping the Country," "Land of the Gay Caballero," "Sweet and Low Down," "I've Got a Crush on You," "Do-Do-Do," "S'Wonderful," "Oh Lady Be Good," "Strike Up the Band," "Embraceable You," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "He Loves and She Loves," and "But Not for Me." Songs performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, include "Rhapsody in Blue," "Love Is Sweeping the Country," "Land of the Gay Caballero," "Sweet and Low Down," "I've Got a Crush on You," "Do-Do-Do," "S'Wonderful," "Oh Lady Be Good," "Strike Up the Band," and "Embraceable You."
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1000795

  • Credits
    Woody Allen, Allan Stewart Konigsberg, Diane Keaton, Diane Hall, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Streep, Michael Murphy, Anne Byrne, Karen Ludwig, Michael O'Donoghue
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Luminous camerawork....The film is intricately patterned with street dolly shots, high angles and static medium shots..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Woody Allen never seems to tire of topping himself....An irresistible yarn of personal relationships that draws skillfully on the best comic moments of ANNIE HALL and the raw emotions he portrayed in his last picture INTERIORS..."
    Variety

    "...A breathtaking hymn to the idea of being in love in Manhattan....This is one of the best-photographed movies ever made..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Defining, dry Woody Allen paean to New York City..."
    Total Film

    "[P]iquant, perceptive and plain funny..."
    Uncut

    "The Gershwin-laden soundtrack is sumptuous and the black-and-white cinematography by Gordon Willis is dazzling..."
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