USA, 1979, 96 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Archival, Romantic Comedy
Manhattan is a wry, touching and finely rendered portrait of modern relationships against the backdrop of urban alienation. Sumptuously photographed in black and white (Woody Allen's first film in that format) and accompanied by a magnificent Gershwin score, the film follows 42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) who has a job he hates, a seventeen-year-old girlfriend, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), he doesn't love and a lesbian ex-wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage and whom he'd like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend's sexy intellectual mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton), Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy, bedding Mary and quitting his job are just the beginning of Isaac's quest for romance and fulfillment in a city where sex is as intimate as a hand shake and the gateway to true love is a revolving door.
DIRECTOR: Woody Allen
Screenwriter: Woody Allen
Principal Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Manhattan
US Distributor: MGM