Manhattan (film)  

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Manhattan is a 1979 romantic comedy film about Isaac Davis (Woody Allen), a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer dating a 17-year-old high school girl (Mariel Hemingway). Isaac eventually falls in love with his best friend's mistress (Diane Keaton). The movie was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman, who had also successfully collaborated on Annie Hall, and directed by Allen. Manhattan is filmed in widescreen and black and white.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mariel Hemingway) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film. The film was #46 on American Film Institute's "100 Years... 100 Laughs". This film is number 63 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies." In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.


The film opens with a montage of images of Manhattan accompanied by George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Isaac Davis, played by Allen, is introduced as a man who loves New York City. He is a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer dealing with the women in his life. He is dating Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a 17-year old high school girl. However, he falls in love with his best friend's mistress, Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton). Also, his lesbian ex-wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), is writing a tell-all book about their relationship. Over the course of the movie, Isaac tries to figure out whom he ultimately wants to be with, Tracy or Mary.

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