Manhattan Murder Mystery

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Dir. Woody Allen

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“Claustrophobia and a dead body. This is a neurotic’s jackpot” (Larry / Woody Allen)

Manhattan Murder Mystery es una comedia súper divertida con un diálogo genial, una bonita cinematografía, una trama entretenida, misterio y amor. Woody Allen y Diane Keaton están súper graciosos en sus roles de marido y mujer.

La película fue nominada a los César a la mejor película extranjera (Meilleur film étranger) y Diane Keaton fue nominada a los Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical).

La cinematografía es de Carlo Di Palma, el cinematógrafo de Hannah and her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), The Secret of My Succe$s (1987), September (1987), Alice (1990), Shadows and Fog (1991), Husbands and Wives (1992), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Don’t Drink the Water (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Everyone Says I Love You (1996) y Deconstructing Harry (1997).

He visto Manhattan Murder Mystery muchas veces. Hace poco la vi con mis hijos mayores Yael e Itay (tienen 10 y casi 8 años) –les encanta Woody Allen–, pero, aunque se divirtieron, Mr. & Mrs. House les dio un poco miedo (y eso que no les dejé ver ningún muerto).

Lo mejor: la obsesión de Carol, Mr. House, las caras de Woody Allen en la escena de la colección de sellos, los comentarios sobre el asqueroso antisemita Wagner, Anjelica Huston, el paro del ascensor y la muerta, y los espejos con Orson Welles y Rita Hayworth.

Lo peor: lo triste que es que actores impresionantemente talentosos coman como verdaderos cerdos.

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“Claustrophobia and a dead body. This is a neurotic’s jackpot” (Larry / Woody Allen)

Manhattan Murder Mystery is a funny comedy with great lines, beautiful cinematography and a cool plot filled with mystery and love. Woody Allen & Diane Keaton are hilarious together in their roles of husband and wife.

The film got a César nomination for Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) and Diane Keaton got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

The cinematography is by Carlo Di Palma, the cinematographer of Hannah and her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), The Secret of My Succe$s (1987), September (1987), Alice (1990), Shadows and Fog (1991), Husbands and Wives (1992), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Don’t Drink the Water (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), and Deconstructing Harry (1997).

I’ve seen this film many times. Recently I’ve watched it with my older children Yael & Itay (they are 10 and almost 8 years old) –they love Woody Allen– but, although they enjoyed the film, they were a bit scared of Mr. & Mrs. House (and I didn’t allow them to see any dead body).

The best: Carol’s obsession, Mr. House, Woody Allen’s faces in the stamp collection scene, the comments on the disgusting Anti-Semitic Wagner, Anjelica Huston, the stuck elevator and the dead body, and the mirrors with Orson Welles & Rita Hayworth.

The worst: the astonishing fact that super talented American actors & actresses can really eat like pigs.

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Alice

Alice (1990). Dir. Woody Allen

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Dr. Yang (Keye Luke): “Mrs Tait believes in ghosts?”

Alice (Mia Farrow): “I don’t know. I guess. What do I know?”

D. Yang: “Don’t all Catholics?”

Alice obtuvo una nominación al Oscar por Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

Se estrenó en USA el 25 de diciembre de 1990. El gran Keye Luke (Dr. Yang) murió pocas semanas después, el 12 de enero de 1991. Alice fue su última película.

Lo mejor: Dr. Yang, Joe Mantegna, la música, Blythe Danner y la antipática Nina (Robin Bartlett).

Lo peor: que Mia Farrow, encarnando brillantemente a Alice, nos haga desgraciadamente recordar toda la mierda que hubo entre ella y Woody Allen.

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Dr. Yang (Keye Luke): “Mrs Tait believes in ghosts?”

Alice (Mia Farrow): “I don’t know. I guess. What do I know?”

D. Yang: “Don’t all Catholics?”

Alice got an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The movie was released in the US on December 25, 1990. The great Keye Luke (Dr. Yang) died some weeks later, on January 12, 1991. Alice was his last movie.

The best: Dr. Yang, Joe Mantegna, the music, Blythe Danner, and the nasty Nina (Robin Bartlett).

The worst: that the presence of Mia Farrow in the role of Alice (brilliant performance, by the way), sadly reminds me of all the crap that happened between her and Woody Allen.

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Interiors

Interiors (1978). Dir. Woody Allen

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“You only live once, and once is enough if you play your cards right” (Pearl / Maureen Stapleton)

Interiors fue el primer drama de Woody Allen. La película es una obra maestra y el ambiente es muy bergmaniano. Obtuvo 5 nominaciones a los Oscar y 4 nominaciones a los Golden Globe.

Woody Allen escribió el rol de Eve pensando en Ingrid Bergman. Le ofreció el papel pero Ingrid, muy a pesar suyo, tuvo que rechazarlo, pues ya se había comprometido a rodar Höstsonaten (Sonata de otoño) con Ingmar Bergman.

No hay música en la película (con la excepción de las dos piezas que suenan en la escena donde todos menos Joey y Renata están bailando y la ordinaria Pearl rompe el florero).

Lo mejor: Geraldine Page y Maureen Stapleton.

Lo peor: la extraña y “falsa” maternidad de Renata. Vemos a su hija apenas en dos momentos, y tan sólo por un segundo.

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“You only live once, and once is enough if you play your cards right” (Pearl / Maureen Stapleton)

Interiors was Woody Allen’s first drama. The film is a masterpiece and obviously was influenced and inspired by Bergman’s films. It got 5 Oscar nominations and 4 Golden Globe nominations.

Woody Allen wrote Eve’s role with Ingrid Bergman in mind. Woody Allen offered the role to Ingrid but she had to decline it because she was already committed to shoot Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) with Ingmar Bergman.

There is no music in the film (with the exception of the two pieces played in the scene where everybody but Joey and Renata are dancing and the tacky Pearl breaks the vase).

The best: Geraldine Page and Maureen Stapleton.

The worst: Renata’s weird and “fake” motherhood. We see her daughter only in two moments and only for a second.

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Manhattan

Manhattan (1979). Dir. Woody Allen

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Isaac (Woody Allen): “I got a kid, he’s being raised by two women at the moment”.

Mary (Diane Keaton): “Oh, y’know, I mean I think that works. Uh, they made some studies, I read in one of the psychoanalytic quarterlies. You don’t need a male, I mean. Two mothers are absolutely fine”.

Isaac: “Really? Because I always feel very few people survive one mother”.

Manhattan obtuvo 2 nominaciones al Oscar (Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mariel Hemingway, y Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman). Ganó 2 BAFTA Awards (Best Film y Best Screenplay) y el César a la mejor película extranjera (Meilleur film étranger).

Toda la película se rodó en blanco y negro. La cinematografía es de Gordon Willis (“The Prince of Darkness”), el cinematógrafo de The Godfather, The Godfather. Part II y The Godfather. Part III, quien ya había trabajado con Woody Allen en Annie Hall (1978) y en una de las obras maestras de Woody Allen: Interiors (1979). Gordon Willis dijo que, de todas las películas que había rodado, Manhattan era su preferida.

Woody Allen quedó tan descontento con Manhattan que ofreció a los productores hacer otra película gratis si estos no estrenaban Manhattan. Por suerte los productores no le hicieron caso y hoy podemos seguir disfrutando de esta joya. Irónicamente, Manhattan ha sido la película más taquillera de Woody Allen.

Lo mejor: el principio (con música de Gershwin y Woody Allen cambiando el principio una y otra vez), Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, la lista de Isaac y el genial guión de Woody Allen.

Lo peor: el desagradable personaje que interpreta Diane Keaton.

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Isaac (Woody Allen): “I got a kid, he’s being raised by two women at the moment”.

Mary (Diane Keaton): “Oh, y’know, I mean I think that works. Uh, they made some studies, I read in one of the psychoanalytic quarterlies. You don’t need a male, I mean. Two mothers are absolutely fine”.

Isaac: “Really? Because I always feel very few people survive one mother”.

Manhattan got 2 Oscar nominations (Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mariel Hemingway, and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman). It won 2 BAFTA Awards (Best Film and Best Screenplay) and the César Award for Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger).

The whole movie was shot in black and white. The cinematography is by Gordon Willis (“The Prince of Darkness”), cinematographer of The Godfather, The Godfather. Part II and The Godfather. Part III, who already had work with Woody Allen in Annie Hall (1978) and in one of Woody Allen’s masterpieces: Interiors (1979). Gordon Willis once said that Manhattan was his favorite of all the movies he had shot.

Woody Allen was so unhappy with Manhattan that he offered the producers to make another movie for free if they didn’t release Manhattan. Fortunately the producers didn’t listen to Woody Allen and today we can still enjoy this gem. Ironically, Manhattan has been Woody Allen’s most successful film.

The best: the opening (with music by Gershwin, and Woody Allen changing the opening over and over), Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Isaac’s list and the script.

The worst: the annoying character played by Dianne Keaton.

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