MANHATTAN (Rated R, 96mins, MGM, Released: April 25, 1979)
Director: Woody Allen, Writers: Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, Producers: Charles H. Joffe and Jack Rollins, Cinematographer: Gordon Willis, Casting Director: Juliet Taylor, Editor: Susan E. Morse
CAST: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep
“We began formulating our approach to Manhattan when we were making Interiors…we talked about how everyone who used anamorphic was always using it in cowboy movies and war pictures. We thought, ‘Why don’t we make an intimate little black-and-white picture that you would never use [widescreen] for, and shoot it anamorphic ally?’ We felt that approach would create a tension between the width of the screen, which you were used to seeing [in other types of movies] with these panoramic expanses, and the intimate details and the intimate romance of the story. We were able to make New York City part of the movie as an actual character, subliminally.”
– Woody Allen commenting on his collaboration with Cinematographer Gordon Willis in the October 2014 issue of American Cinematographer
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