Larry and Carol are fairly normal New Yorkers who have sent their son off to college. They meet an elderly couple down the hall and later in the week find that the wife has suddenly died. Carol becomes suspicious of Paul who seems to be too cheerful and too ready to move on. She begins her investigation. Larry insists she is becomming too fixated on what their neighbor as all of the irregularities seem to have simple non-homicidal explanations. Ted, a recently divorced friend helps her investigation and Larry begins to become jealous of their relationship and agrees to help her. —IMDb
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in NYU’s film program, and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television; during his five-year in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination. He eventually decided to try his hand as a stand-up performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP. With 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special… read more
Depicts leisure class meaninglessness and the quest for frisson in every character (save, perhaps, for Anjelica Huston's, whose is so cynical as to be attractive to anyone who is not direct competition) in so many different ways it's amazing. Perhaps it's judging to quickly, but from its focus on the aforementioned theme, to the referential combining of genre, it seems like a picture that will reward repeat viewings.
PBS broadcasts its 3½-hour doc tonight and tomorrow; Keaton’s memoir is on shelves now.
This movie had me in stitches! It’s both hilarious and suspenseful. “Manhattan Murder Mystery” is an homage to the old mystery films of the 40s and 50s; Alfred Hitchcock would most certainly be proud… read review
This is supposedly the remnants of the murder mystery subplot that was removed from Annie Hall, and I find that all too believable. It felt to me like a lazy assemblage of conversational punning and… read review