My favourite Woody Allen movie. Shot in black and white and with the best opening sequence I have ever seen: scenes of New York City accompanied by Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Allen's comical introduction: "Chapter 1: He adored New York City..." Allen plays Isaac, a TV comedy writer who's going out with a 17-year-old girl called Tracy (Mariel Hemingway - Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter) while trying to stop his second ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep) - who left him for another woman - writing a lurid book about their broken marriage. His best friend Yale (Michael Murphy) is cheating on his wife Emily (Anne Byrne) by seeing a sophisticated New York feminist, Mary (Diane Keaton). When Isaac bumps into Mary and Yale for the first time at an art gallery, he really doesn't like her. Her taste in art is quite the opposite from his and her excuse for odd behaviour is "I'm from Philadelphia." Isaac of course winds up seeing her and having his own affair, before he realizes that Tracy is the girl he really wants to be with.
It's a classic Woody Allen plot, but what makes this movie is the splendour of its shooting. The composition in shot after shot is perfect, with beautiful, subtle lighting - some scenes shot almost in the dark with just the light from shop windows, a table lamp or a low-key spot in the planetarium when Isaac and Mary are sheltering from a sudden Sunday rain storm. Hemingway's performance is very cute; Allen mocks her mouse voice, but their relationship gives the appearance of real affection - despite the age gap.
Nugget: simply the best. This is not the first time I have seen the movie, and it won't be the last.