Manhattan

Synopsis: Forty-two year old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn't sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 21 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
83
Rotten Tomatoes:
95%
R
Year:
1979
96 min
807 Views

"Chapter one."

"He adored New York City.

He idolized it all out of proportion."

Uh, no. Make that "He romanticized it

all out of proportion."

"To him,

no matter what the season was..."

...this was still a town

that existed in black and white...

"...and pulsated to the great tunes

of George Gershwin."

Uh... no. Let me start this over.

"Chapter one."

"He was too romantic about Manhattan,

as he was about everything else."

"He thrived on the hustle, bustle

of the crowds and the traffic."

"To him, New York

meant beautiful women...

...and street-smart guys

who seemed to know all the angles."

Ah, corny. Too corny

for a man of my taste.

Let me... try and make it more profound.

"Chapter one. He adored New York City."

"To him, it was a metaphor

for the decay of contemporary culture."

"The same lack of integrity to cause so

many people to take the easy way out...

...was rapidly turning the town

of his dreams..."

No, it's gonna be too preachy. I mean,

face ft, I wanna self some books here.

"Chapter one. He adored New York City...

...although to him it was a metaphor

for the decay of contemporary culture."

"How hard it was to exist in a society

desensitized by drugs, loud music...

...television, crime, garbage..."

Too angry. I don't wanna be angry.

"Chapter one."

"He was as tough and romantic

as the city he loved."

"Behind his black-rimmed glasses

was the coiled sexual power

of a jungle cat."

I love this.

"New York was his town

and it always would be."

I think the essence of art is to provide

a kind of working-through situation...

...so that you can get in touch

with feelings you didn't know you had.

Talent is luck.

The important thing in life is courage.

They've had this argument

for 20 years.

Listen to this example.

If the four of us are walking home over

the bridge and a person was drowning...

...would we have the nerve...

Would one of us have the nerve to dive

into the icy water and save them?

It's a key question.

I, of course, can't swim,

so I never have to face it.

Oh... God.

Which of us?

- You want a little more?

- No.

Mm. Oh, man. That is so great.

You don't smoke.

I know I don't smoke. I don't inhale

because it gives you cancer, but...

...I look so incredibly handsome with

a cigarette that I can't not hold one.

- You like the way I look?

- Mm-hm.

Provocative.

- I'm getting through to you?

- Yup. You have to excuse me a sec.

- Jesus, she's gorgeous.

- Mm.

But she's 17.

I'm 42 and she's 17.

I'm... I'm older than her father.

Can you believe that?

I'm dating a girl

wherein I can beat up her father.

That's the first time

that ever occurred in my life.

- He's drunk.

- You're drunk. You should never drink.

Did I tell you... that my ex-wife...

- Who, Tina?

- Mm-mm. My second ex-wife...

...is writing a book about

our marriage and the break-up.

- That's really tacky.

- It's really depressing, you know.

She's gonna give all those details out,

all my little idiosyncrasies...

...and my quirks and mannerisms, and...

Mm, mm, not that I have

anything to hide because, you know...

But there are a few disgusting

little moments that I regret.

It's just gossip.

Gossip is the new pornography.

- You should never let me drink.

- I know.

You should never let yourself drink.

We oughta go

'cause I've got an exam tomorrow.

Oh, do you? The kid's gotta get up...

She's got homework.

I'm dating a girl who does homework.

What is it? What's the matter with you?

You... you... Where are you now?

Your mind is like a million miles away.

I have something I wanna say.

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