Westessons 100 favoritfilmer: nr 6

...krönikören faller givetvis handlöst för Woody Allen, sjuttiotal, New York och ett regn av inklektuella och självbiografiska referenser i "Manhattan" från 1979...

Isaac Davis Woody Allen om sitt nya fattiga liv: "This is going to kill my father. He is not going to get as good a seat in the synagogue. Hes going to be in the back away from God; far from the action."

Isaacs kärleksförklaring i taxi: "You look so beautiful I can hardly keep my eyes on the meter."

Isaac om sitt nya förhållande: "Shes 17. Im 42 and shes 17. Im older than her father, can you believe that? Im dating a girl, wherein, I can beat up her father."

Tracy Mariel Hemingway: "Lets fool around, itll take your mind off it."
Isaac: "Hey, how many times a night can you, how, how often can you make love in an evening?"
Tracy: "Well, a lot."
Isaac: "Yeah! I can tell, a lot. Thats, well, a lot is my favorite number."

Mary Diane Keaton om sin exmake: "I was tired of submerging my identity to a very brilliant, dominating man. Hes a genius."
Isaac: "Oh really, he was a genius, Helens a genius and Dennis is a genius. You know a lot of geniuses, yknow. You should meet some stupid people once in a while, yknow, you could learn something."

Isaac om kulturella partygäster: "They probably sit around on the floor with wine and cheese and mispronounce allegorical and didacticism."

Partygäst: "I finally had an orgasm, and my doctor said it was the wrong kind."
Isaac: "You had the wrong kind? Ive never had the wrong kind, ever. My worst one was right on the money."

Isaac: "Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey? Yknow, I read this in the newspaper. We should go down there, get some guys together, yknow, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to them."
Partygäst: "There is this devastating satirical piece on that on the Op Ed page of the Times, it is devastating".
Isaac: "Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point."

Yale Michael Murphy: "You are so self-righteous, you know. I mean were just people. Were just human beings, you know? You think youre God."
Isaac: "I... I gotta model myself after someone."

Mary: "Well tell me, why did you get a divorce?"
Isaac: "Why? I got a divorce because my ex-wife left me for another woman."
Mary: "Really? God, that must have been really demoralizing."
Isaac: "Well, I dunno, I thought I took it rather well under the circumstances. I tried to run them both over with a car."

Isaac: "You honestly think that I tried to run you over?"
Exfruns älskarinna Karen Ludwig: "You just happened to hit the gas as I walked in front of the car?"
Isaac: "Did I do it on purpose?"
Exfrun Meryl Streep: "Well, what would Freud say?"
Isaac: "Freud would say I really wanted to run her over, thats why he was a genius."

Isaac: "I got a kid, hes being raised by two women at the moment."
Mary: "Oh, yknow, I mean I think that works. Uh, they made some studies, I read in one of the psychoanalytic quarterlies. You dont need a male, I mean. Two mothers are absolutely fine."
Isaac: "Really? Because I always feel very few people survive one mother."

Mary: "I guess I should straighten my life out, huh? I mean, Donnie my analyst is always telling me..."
Isaac: "You call your analyst Donnie?"
Mary: "Yeah, I call him Donnie."
Isaac: "Donnie, your analyst? I call mine Dr. Chomsky, yknow, he hits me with a ruler."

Mary: "Dont psychoanalyze me. I pay a doctor for that."
Isaac: "Hey, you call that guy that you talk to a doctor? I mean, you dont get suspicious when your analyst calls you at home at three in the morning and weeps into the telephone?"
Mary: "Alright, so hes unorthodox. Hes a highly qualified doctor."
Isaac: "Hes done a great job on you, yknow. Your self esteem is like a notch below Kafkas."

Isaac: "So what does, what does your analyst say? I mean, did you speak to him?"
Mary: "Well, Donnies in a coma, he had a very bad acid experience."

Yale: "You know we have to stop seeing each other, dont you."
Mary: "Oh, yeah. Right. Right. I understand. I could tell by the sound of your voice on the phone. Very authoritative, yknow. Like the pope, or the computer in 2001."

Isaac om kvinnor: "You shouldnt ask me for advice. When it comes to my relationships with women, Im the winner of the August Strindberg Award."

Komplement: "Manhattan" är inte bara en ordens film, det är också en vidunderligt vacker stadsskildring i Panavision-format och svartvitt, givetvis med New York-kompostören George Gerschwins gamla Broadway-schlagers på soundtracket.

Med "L.A. Story" 91 försökte Steve Martin göra sin Woody Allen-film, dvs. en dramakomisk romantisk skildring av parförhållande över generationsgränserna i en storstad, berättad med okonventionella metoder. Jag tycker absolut att han lyckades. Associationerna och replikerna är flera gånger i Allen-klass, och inte minst är det spännande att glänta lite också på dörren till människan Martin.

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Valdemar Westesson

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Publicerad: 19 apr 2002 15:12


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