Suzanne encourages all writers to watch the opening scene of Woody Allen's Manhattan. "Listening to Allen create the exact mood with words, is like listening to a great composer crafting a symphony.”
... by Woody Allen
The Inside Edge: Woody Allen in Manhattan
by Joanna Stevens.
"Human Beings are divided into mind and body. The mind embraces all the nobler aspirations, like poetry and philosophy, but the body has all the fun." Woody Allen.
Woody Allen's Manhattan, tale of social observation and romance, speeds along at an refreshing, yet frantic pace. Presented as a glimmering, cosmopolitan world, New York soars along with the rhapsody of Gershwin's music. Allen's presentation of Manhattan is remarkably personal with it's infusion of his own preoccupation, a visual representation of his personal views. In offering an explanation, Girgus suggests that, "a critical and interpretive study of Allen's films clearly also entails the construction of an interior biography of him" (Girgus ix). With this in mind, it is possible to see how Manhattan is considered as autobiographical. To define that which is and which isn't autobiographical, can be noted by comparison of actual events in Allen's life and scenes from the aforesaid movie. Brode declares, "Woody had a strong personal feeling about how his line ought be delivered . . . By becoming a performer, he could protect his work as a writer" (Brode 16).