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Directed by Woody Allen, Starring Woody Allen, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton
Released as a new 4K digital print scanned from the original camera negative, Woody Allen’s monochrome masterpiece is the first of the director’s classic oeuvre to be made available digitally.
“Chapter One. He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Beneath his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat. New York was his town, and it always would be…”
Nervous time even for a Woody Allen character: thinking about moving from TV comedy writing to something more serious, he’s dumped by wife Meryl Streep for another woman – and she’s writing a book about their marriage. And then Diane Keaton sneers at his taste in art and trashes his film idol Ingmar Bergman – of course it’s love. Only trouble is, Keaton is seeing his married best friend Michael Murphy. While Woody himself has been dating high-schooler Mariel Hemingway, a relationship fine with her but rife with uneasiness for him. The one-liners keep coming amid the dissection of super-complicated relationships, but with a new seriousness, an awareness of the possibility of tragedy beyond mock angst that began with Annie Hall. Shot in ravishing black & white Scope by the great Gordon Willis (Annie Hall, all three Godfathers, etc.), and backed by an all-Gershwin score, this is one of the greatest odes to New York, with a final shot evocative of Chaplin’s City Lights.