Manhattan and the Voice.
A new 35mm print of Woody Allen
screens at Film Forum
for a week starting Friday. In a piece entitled "Defending Manhattan
," J Hoberman
does just that over four glorious paragraphs before recalling the hubbub the film sparked at the Voice
nearly 30 years ago.
"Why did [Andrew] Sarris
so?" he asks, and then, of course, floats a theory: "Manhattan
's world was a glamorized version of Sarris's." A month after the Voice
ran Sarris's "'Swonderful" (as I recall the title of his review), the weekly ran a two-page pile-on. Hoberman: "Manhattan
is the movie where Allen successfully projected his own self-absorption as a universal condition - and people responded with their personal identity politics."
A snapshot of New York in 1979 follows, and then, a closing argument for the defense. A must-read.
Update, 7/12: ST VanAirsdale
has a million questions for legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis
, but "for better or worse, I stuck with nine." The Q's, the A's, they're at the Reeler
Posted by dwhudson at July 11, 2007 6:50 AM