Thursday, July 12, 2007

Manhattan at the Film Forum

Great chance to see one of the most iconic New York Film in New York. Woody Allen's Manhattan is playing at the Film Forum! Details here.

And I love this opening dialogue (from here):

"Chapter one. "

"He adored New York City.
He idolised it all out of proportion. "

Uh, no. Make that "He romanticised it
all out of proportion. "

"To him,
no matter what the season was,

this was still a town
that existed in black and white

and pulsated to the great tunes
of George Gershwin. "

Uh... no. Let me start this over.

"Chapter one. "

"He was too romantic about Manhattan,
as he was about everything else. "

"He thrived on the hustle, bustle
of the crowds and the traffic. "

"To him, New York
meant beautiful women

and street-smart guys
who seemed to know all the angles. "

Ah, corny. Too corny
for a man of my taste.

Let me... try and make it more profound.

"Chapter one. He adored New York City. "

"To him, it was a metaphor
for the decay of contemporary culture. "

"The same lack of integrity to cause so
many people to take the easy way out...

... was rapidly turning the town
of his dreams..."

No, it's gonna be too preachy. I mean,
face it, I wanna sell some books here.

"Chapter one. He adored New York City,

although to him it was a metaphor
for the decay of contemporary culture. "

"How hard it was to exist in a society
desensitised by drugs, loud music,

television, crime, garbage..."

Too angry. I don't wanna be angry.

"Chapter one. "

"He was as tough and romantic
as the city he loved. "

"Behind his black-rimmed glasses was
the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat. "

I love this.

"New York was his town
and it always would be. "


Madhuri said...

Sounds pretty - and the picture just makes you want to be the person sitting on that bench.

Alok said...

yes, true. beautiful and romantic. But it looks better in the picture.

jyothsnay said...

One of my all-time favourite pieces
come closer to the vicinity is ANNIE HALL...his unique self-exploring format of humor tinged with sarcasm is blended with the city's lifestyle. It's amazing to observe how pieces of conversations lead us to certain things that we have kept as the priorities in our lives but never cared to spend time over it, i.e., well it could be emotions that are nurtured for someone!what I really like about this piece is its ability to capture the beauty of brief affairs in life, who have the potential to be more insightful than the ones we usually end up living with
it reminds me of Tropicana's NEWYORK advertising campaign!it's such a heady experience if one watches the movie n stroll back to read the book, only to be left moved, entertained and amazed,time n again!

BLogographos said...

This is a beautiful blog you've got here - if only because so many of your favourite themes are also ones which preoccupy me.

Ashok said...

The cinematography in Manhattan is probably the most absorbing I've seen. The scene where the car is moving along the highway and we view it from behind as the lights of the city shine in the darkness never fails to hypnotize me.

I hope you'll post more on Schopenhauer and Svevo? I know nothing about either, and this idea of treating rationality as a malady is interesting.

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