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No. 40: Manhattan

Woody Hearts New York

Jody Rosen
December 07, 2011

1979, dir. Woody Allen. Manhattan isn’t quite Woody Allen’s artistic high-water mark. (Annie Hall takes that prize.) But it’s a close second: a hilarious, heart-rending romantic comedy that’s both an echt-late-’70s period piece—bell bottoms! Equal Rights Amendment fund-raisers!—and a timeless valentine to Gotham, highlighted by Gordon Willis’ sublime black-and-white cinematography. “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.”

Jody Rosen is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.