Woody Allen’s Opening Sequence for Manhattan

Woody Allen's Opening Sequence for Manhattan

Thompson on Hollywood

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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Gordon Willis.

Edward Wilson

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

Gail Sicilia

Thanks for the memories – 30 years – yikes!

Anne Thompson

whoops. fixed.

Edward Wilson

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

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