Woody Allen's Opening Sequence for Manhattan

by Anne Thompson
October 29, 2009 4:19 AM
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Check out the classic black-and-white opening sequence of one of my fave movies of all time, Woody Allen's Manhattan, accompanied by George Gershwin. It's tough to beat Woody in his prime. I actually worked in the publicity bullpen at United Artists (729 Seventh Avenue) when this came out in 1979 (my first job out of NYU). It's hard to remember what a big deal auteur Allen was then, with four Oscar wins for 1977's Annie Hall (best picture, screenplay, director and actress) followed by a steady stream of almost annual director/writer nominations, for a career total of 21. His peak decades were between Annie Hall in 1978 and Deconstructing Harry in 1998, imho, his last great movie. It was his last Oscar nomination, too, until 2005's Match Point.

[Hat tip: Joblo]

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  • Emurion | October 30, 2009 11:02 AMReply

    Gordon Willis.

  • Edward Wilson | October 30, 2009 9:31 AMReply

    Nope. Still no CinemaScope. That video is 16:9. Should be letterboxed at 2.35:1.

  • Gail Sicilia | October 30, 2009 4:52 AMReply

    Thanks for the memories - 30 years - yikes!

  • Anne Thompson | October 29, 2009 12:31 PMReply

    whoops. fixed.

  • Edward Wilson | October 29, 2009 4:52 AMReply

    Abomination! It's not in the proper CinemaScope aspect ratio!

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