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Watch: 13-Minute Interview From 1979 With Woody Allen About 'Manhattan' & Much More

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 3, 2014 at 12:03PM

While Woody Allen himself hated "Manhattan," with the legend going that he asked United Artists to shelve the movie with the offer of directing another movie for them for free, the picture was not only an instant hit (nominated for two Oscars too), but it has become one of the standout, iconic films in the director's impressive catalog. A love letter to New York City and a charming romance all rolled into one, few have done it better than Woody Allen in this film.
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While Woody Allen himself hated "Manhattan," with the legend going that he asked United Artists to shelve the movie with the offer of directing another movie for them for free, the picture was not only an instant hit (nominated for two Oscars too), but it has become one of the standout, iconic films in the director's impressive catalog. A love letter to New York City and a charming romance all rolled into one, few have done it better than Woody Allen in this film.

And so, while New York City gets battered by a snow storm, here's another reason to stay inside: a 13-minute interview from 1979 with Allen about "Manhattan." The talk with a French reporter goes beyond the movie, into a discussion about the cast, the city itself, Jewish humor, his desire to experiment in future films and much more. Watch it below and check out our retrospective on Woody Allen right here.

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