Movie of the Month


Film Title: Manhattan

Event No : 19
Date of Screening : 10-May-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am


Woody Allen



The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Language: English
Running Time: 96 mins
Release Date: April 25, 1979
Directed by: Woody Allen
Produced by: Charles H. Joffe
Written by: Woody Allen
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne
Music by: George Gershwin
Shot by: Gordon Willis
Editing by:
Susan E. Morse

About the Film

Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen from his screenplay co-written with Marshall Brickman and produced by Charles H. Joffe. Allen co-stars as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer dating a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway) before eventually falling in love with his best friend's (Michael Murphy) mistress (Diane Keaton). Meryl Streep and Anne Byrne also star in the film.

Manhattan was filmed in black-and-white and 2.35:1 widescreen. The decision to shoot in black and white was to give New York City a "great look." The film also features music composed by George Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, which inspired the idea behind the film. Allen described the film as a combination of his previous two films, Annie Hall and Interiors.

According to Allen, the idea for Manhattan originated from his love of George Gershwin's music.

He also said that his film deals with the problem of people trying to live a decent existence in an essentially junk-obsessed contemporary culture without selling out, admitting that he himself could conceive of giving away all of his "possessions to charity and living in much more modest circumstances", adding that he has "rationalized [his] way out of it so far, but [he] could conceive of doing it".

This is the first film in black-and-white directed by Woody Allen. The film was shown out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival in May. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Supporting Actress (Mariel Hemingway) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen), but failed to win either Oscar.

About the Director

Woody Allen is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian, musician and playwright whose career spans more than 50 years.

He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comic, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. By the mid-1960s Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s. He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late '70s.Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup. Some best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Midnight in Paris (2011).

Allen has been nominated 24 times and won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director (Annie Hall). He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer. He has won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Allen performs regularly as a jazz clarinetist at small venues in Manhattan. In 2011, PBS televised the film biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary, on the American Masters TV series.

Scene from the film

About the Guest

The Madurai-born director studied visual communications and has worked with director Shankar for five years as an assistant in Enthiran (2010) and Nanban (2012) before pitching his romantic drama script of Raja Rani to Murgadoss and Fox Studios. He cites Thalapathi as the main inspiration to consider cinema as a career.

Atlee revealed he wrote the script with Arya in mind to portray the lead role, and was insistent on signing Nayantara as the female lead as he felt they made a good on-screen pair. Atlee had initially selected Sivakarthikeyan to portray a role in the film, but subsequently chose Jai to appear as Nayanthara's love interest in a flashback segment.Priya Anand was considered another leading role, but the opportunity was later offered to Nazriya Nazim who had made her debut with Neram (2013) in Tamil films.Sathyaraj, Santhanam and Sathyan were also signed to play other supporting roles in the film.The film has music by G. V. Prakash Kumar, art direction by T. Muthuraj and cinematography by debutant George, a former associate of Nirav Shah.

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