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04/28/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Ich hatte ganz vergessen, wie wundervoll Woody Allens Manhattan ist und die Balance zwischen Komödie und Romanze mit traumwandlerischer Sicherheit hält! Einige Jahre lang hatte ich Manhattan nicht mehr gesehen und konnte mich nur noch an die witzigsten Einzeiler erinnern und daran, dass die Liebesgeschichte zwischen einem Mann älteren Datums und einem Schuldmädchen erzählt wird. Manhattan ist aber so viel mehr! Es ist kein Film über die Liebe, es ist ein Film über den Verlust. Der Soundtrack beinhaltet eine Menge romantischer Songs, die im Grunde gar nicht zum Film passen, dessen Protagonist Isaac (Allen) die Liebe gar nicht kennt. Seine Sommerliebe heisst Tracy (Mariel Hemingway, die Nichte des Dichters) und vordergründig hat sie mit Isaac nichts gemein. Sie hat aber das, was ein Liebhab...


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05/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Vintage Woody Allen

Manhattan is certainly a solid Woody Allen that features great dialogue. It contains some great shots of the Manhattan skyline and some very quirky characters.

The story is about Issac Davis (Allen) a 42-year old twice divorced writer who is dating 17-year old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway). While dating Tracy he falls for Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton) the mistress of his friend Yale (Michael Murphy). In addition, he must deal with his ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep) who left him and became a lesbian and is now writing a book about their failed marriage that portrays him in a negative light.

Allen is of course his usual neurotic self. The audience can clearly see why Issac's ex-wives left him as he is incredibly narcissistic, willing to abandon someone at the drop of a hat if suits his nee...

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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Manhattan review

Isaac Davis (Woody Allen), who was divorced twice and having a child, dates a 17 year old girl named Tracy (Mariel Hemingway). Yale (Michael Murphy), married to Emily (Anne Byrne) and friend of Isaac, is having an affair with Mary (Diane Keaton). Mary gets close with Isaac thru various walks and conversations. Jill (Meryl Streep) creates a book with references of their lives. The director’s gift of screenplay writing was evident with thought provoking lines from the film: Isaac – “The important thing in life is courage.” Mary - “I guess we met at the wrong time.” Emily – “But then, nothing's perfect.” Score was delightful and the dialogues never seemed forced.

Its direction leaned towards the beauty of the city and the relationships of the characters. Mariel Hemingway was r...

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01/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A middle aged writer juggles relationships with a seventeen year old student, a journalist and his lesbian ex-wife to the backdrop of the New York City skyline. I don't think I can watch Woody Allen any more. Well, not the Allen responsible for this kind of self-absorbed, self-justifying pretentious bullshit. Manhattan is basically just a soap opera populated with terminally self-involved people whom I just wanted to punch in the face. I hated very single one of the smug, pretentious, modern artist name-dropping, modern jazz loving, therapist discussing, insufferable lot of them. I've always despised people like this and listening to them drone on about their relationships with one another made me want to spray the screen with indiscriminate automatic weapons fire. It's very attractively ...

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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Beautiful and elegant. Although shot in black and white, Woody Allen masterfully controlled each detail shown on screen. The characters are intelligent and quirky in their own flawed ways. Allen has a knack for the unexpected--such as making the seventeen year old girl the wisest presence in the film. Even though dialogue is pervasive in this movie, silences are also as powerful. Now I fully understand why many critics out there wonder if Allen has lost his touch. Even though I disagree because I loved "Match Point," his older works such as this film and "Annie Hall" has that factor that cannot be replaced or duplicated. Allen is making a suspense-thriller film and I'm looking forward to it. I'm expecting cleverness, crisp dialogue, and a spice of originality--all of which are constantly ...

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