my favorite Woody Allen
film is screening this week at Film Forum in New York (screenings began on Friday). J. Hoberman of The Village Voice offers this new perspective
on the film. "Manhattan
's last shot, concluding an exchange between Isaac and Tracy as she leaves for London, has been compared to the miracle of recognition that ends City Lights
. I read it differently; it doesn't seem an open ending. There's no question that something is over. Youth fades. Love never lasts. Everyone is forever trying to retrieve the past. Only the skyline remains. Allen's subsequent attempts to recapture Manhattan
have often been embarrassing, but he (and we) will always have this."