Maria Elena used to say that only unfulfilled love can be romantic
- Juan Antonio
Woody Allen almost makes me ashamed of wanting normalcy and stability in my life. He also seems to propound that sex equals love. As in, unless two people are having lots of sex, they can’t be in love. Maybe I’m getting it all wrong. I enjoyed the madness and the Spanish scenery. I enjoyed feeling inspired to love, to paint, to create music and to live like an artist. I wish I’d watched this movie sooner. Perhaps I would have done something about what I didn’t intentionally want to happen.
Oh, Penelope Cruz looked very pretty. But I’m not sure if she deserved the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. I think Scarlett Johansson did put up an equally impressive performance. I’ve seen Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall together in The Prestige and it was a pleasure seeing them again in this romantic comedy. Javier Bardem looks delicious.
Finally, got down to watching Manhattan and boy, what a movie! It might not be one of Woody Allen’s favorite movies, but it certainly is mine. For me, it was about how love changes according to age. It’s much purer when you are younger; as we grow older, love and relationships become more of a convenience. Manhattan deals with the imperfections of a person and his fast paced life.
Diane Keaton looks stunning as Mary. I really liked that part where she says, “I can make the entire faculty of MIT sleep with me”.
Meryl Streep…well she never ages, does she? She always looks the same, whether it be in Manhattan, or in Kramer v. Kramer or, in The Hours. There wasn’t much about her lesbian relationship with her girlfriend. Even though she had a small and meaningful role, I wish that we had gotten to see more of her. Maybe I just like her too much, but she always looks so fresh and nice.
Presti, now I know what you meant! Annie Hall’s next on my list.
I also watched another beautiful Chinese movie called Raise the Red Lantern. It’s about a 19 year old girl who decides to marry a rich man who already has three wives and to live as his concubine. Soon, she realizes that she needs to constantly fight and play games to get her man’s attention. What’s really striking is the fact that we never get to see the man’s face in the entire movie. I wish that this movie had won the Oscar instead of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon! It really deserved to win. It did win the BAFTA Award for the Best Foreign Film in 1992. Do watch it if you like watching foreign movies.