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New York: "Manhattan"

Many films have focused on the Big Apple's jangling energy ("The French Connection") or its wistful romanticism ("Breakfast at Tiffany's"), but none has matched the enthusiastic ardor contained in Woody Allen's elegant 1979 rhapsody to his favorite city. The script (by Allen and Marshall Brickman) is incisive in exposing the swirl of neurotic relationships seemingly endemic to Manhattan. This satirical edge is juxtaposed with the more transcendent possibilities embodied in Gordon Willis' lustrous, black-and white images of the city's skyscrapers and parks, all set to the lush musical themes of the quintessential New York composer, George Gershwin.
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