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Manhattan (1979)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bittersweet romance with mature themes, sex, profanity.

Movie R 1979 96 minutes
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Adults and certain teens, especially those with an eye for irony and the folly of human behavior, will appreciate this terrific film. After winning multiple Academy Awards for his comic classic Annie Hall in 1977, then delivering his first "serious" film with Interiors in 1978, Woody Allen made "serious comedy" an art form with Manhattan in 1979. The textures, shadows, and light in Gordon Willis' masterful achievement in black-and-white photography, the rich melodies and tones of Gershwin, and the writer-director's ability to find the whimsy and wit in life's most challenging dilemmas, unite to create a movie with inimitable characters, very funny moments, and timeless insights.

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