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  •  Manhattan (7+ / 0-)

    "I think Manhattan in particular has to be one of my all-time favorite films."

    Manhattan has always been a bit problematic for me.  Watching it as a teenager, I found it peculiar that his Manhattan and mine had such a small area of overlap-- Central Park and the museums on the borders just about sums it up.  No one rides the subway, for example.  I had to have it pointed out to me that there are no black people in the movie at all.  (Hm: "He romanticized the city." )

    In general, Woody Allen had the advantages of being a pioneer in his field, when he started doing the kind of stuff he was doing there wasn't all that much competition.   For example, the movie "Annie Hall" has a lot of very clever observation/satire of New York vs Los Angeles, but such stuff isn't so hard to come by these days.

    •  Funny thing—I lived for years in Morningside (5+ / 0-)

      Heights and worked in Flatiron and the Village. Later on I lived in Queens and worked on the lower east side when we were first married. I took the subway. Later we bought a station wagon at some used car lot in Parsippany.

      I don't think I ever actually thought of Manhattan as a film "about" NYC. I suppose that's the conceit, but for me it's less about one particular city and more about a particular way of being that's often overrepresented in cities relative to places like, say, North Platte, Nebraska.

      Sure, there is a particular socioeconomic group being portrayed, but check in with the students at the Cooper Union or thirtysomethings that once made their way from the Kosovar resistance or Albiania to wind up in overrated place on MacDougal street every night and you'll find the same types, the same issues, the same stilted but also very finely in-the-human-tradition melodies.

      No, it's not a film about the salt-of-the-earth working stiff who's native to Long Island City and never had a neurotic thought in his life, but then some of us don't qualify (and won't ever qualify) to be considered amongst the proletariat proper. Doesn't mean we can't have a film. ;-)

      -9.63, 0.00
      "Liberty" is deaf, dumb, and useless without life itself.

      by nobody at all on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:13:35 PM PST

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