Manhattan Murder Mystery

Manhattan Murder Mystery

DVD - 2002
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A bored Manhattan housewife becomes convinced her next-door neighbor has committed a murder.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c2002
ISBN: 9780767819763
0767819764
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Apparently Woody Allen decided to experiment with handheld camerawork. What a devastating move. This film made me wonder if Allen's even-handed, deliberate direction counters his neurotic, nervous nature, because when the nervousness and the shaky camera are combined, the result can be pretty obnoxious.

That, and Diane Keaton's ridiculously annoying character didn't help much. Nor did the irritating overlapping dialogue. Just too much going on at once.

However, this film did have some of the best cinematography I've ever seen. New York City is captured as beautifully as I've ever seen it captured.

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LibraryUser53
Sep 03, 2013

Sort of what might have happened if Alvy and Annie (of "Annie Hall") had gotten married, instead of breaking up. In the opening scene Larry (Woody Allen) and Carol (Diane Keaton) are attending a hockey game featuring Larry's favorite team, and Carol is bored to tears. They've made a deal if Carol will watch the game and pretend to enjoy it, then Larry will go to the Wagner opera the following week and pretend to enjoy THAT. Everything about this relationship pretty much follows. They're bored. Of being couple, of everything. They need some excitement. Good thing for them -- from their point of view at least -- one of their neighbors croaks. And while the police say it is just a simple cardiac arrest, Carol thinks it is murder. And when Carol sees the dead woman riding on a bus past her window a week later, surprisingly, she thinks it's a murder even more. Not one of Mr Allen's best, some of Ms Keaton's acting appears to be phoned-in; but overall it has a good script and dialog, and an interesting murder-mystery plot. My main complaint is that the movie can't really decide if it is a comedy or a murder-mystery. As might be expected, Mr Allen found it to be hard to rectify the two genres. But he gave it a go anyway. For Allen fans, recommended. For others, if in the mood for a comedy-mystery, recommended, if you can't think another comedy-mystery you'd prefer to watch.

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Sep 03, 2013

LARRY: I think it's a pretty fair assumption that if a person is dead, they don't suddenly turn up in the New York City transit system.

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