“Chapter 1. He adored New York City…”

Whatever else is true on this tragic anniversary, the city of New York remains our nation’s hub. And few ever celebrated it its central borough on film better than Woody Allen in the much-imitated opening of his 1979 masterpiece, “Manhattan.” (This is the first 10 minute segment of the film, which is posted in its entireity on YouTube. The relevant section begins on 0:15 and ends at 4:00.)

Here it is, in my choice for the greatest of all movie formats, wide screen and black and white; music by George Gershwin. Silly talk by Woody.


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