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New York’s never looked so glorious as in this classic, romantic black-and-white Woody Allen comedy.

Image from Manhattan

USA 1979
Dir Woody Allen
With Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep
Digital 4K
Certificate 12A
A Park Circus release

For many, this paean to New York – and to that mystifying thing called love – remains Woody Allen’s most enduring achievement. Isaac (Allen), a writer of TV comedy with aspirations as a novelist, is a tangle of confused emotions: anxious about a potentially embarrassing upcoming book by his ex-wife (Streep); bemused as to why his happily married best friend (Murphy) is seeing a seemingly arrogant Philadelphian (Keaton); and wondering whether he himself should continue dating the considerably younger Tracy (Hemingway). Allen and co-writer Marshall Brickman’s insightful exploration of love, loyalty and betrayal seamlessly interweaves comedy and serious drama; the romance (gloriously evident in this new 4K digital print) is enhanced by Gordon Willis’ ravishing black-and-white CinemaScope camerawork and George Gershwin’s gorgeous music.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

See the Seniors’ paid matinee + intro screening on Fri 12 May.


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